Office of George W. Bush
August 28, 2013
STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH
Laura and I are proud to join our fellow Americans in commemorating the
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King,
Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech.
When Reverend King came to
Washington, D.C., in the summer of 1963, his purpose was to hold our
Nation to the standards spelled out in
the Declaration of Independence. He called all of us to live up to that
document’s fundamental promise and the underpinning of our founding –
that all of us are created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain
unalienable rights. From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, with
thousands gathered around him, Dr. King looked out over the American
capital and uttered simple, powerful words that changed the hearts of
millions. The dream he had spread a message of hope, justice, and
brotherhood that took hold in the hearts of men and women around the
Our country has come a long way since that bright
afternoon 50 years ago; yet our journey to justice is not complete.
Just to the East of the Lincoln Memorial, where President Obama will
speak on Wednesday, stands the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. There
on the National Mall our President, whose story reflects the promise of
America, will help us honor the man who inspired millions to redeem that
Dr. King was on this Earth just 39 years, but the
ideals that guided his life of conscience and purpose are eternal.
Honoring him requires the commitment of every one of us. There’s still a
need for every American to help hasten the day when Dr. King’s vision
is made real in every community – when what truly matters is not the
color of a person’s skin, but the content of their character.
Laura and I thank the King family and all who work to carry on the
legacy of a great man and the promise of a great Nation. May we
continue to march toward the day when the dignity and humanity of every
person is respected. And may God continue to bless America.
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