Obama: Latinos, Asians, Gays, Disabled Walked Through Doors Civil Rights Leaders Opened

‘And the change these men and women brought is visible here today in the presence of African-Americans who run boardrooms ... from the Congressional Black Caucus all the way to the oval office’

BARACK OBAMA: "That's what makes us unique! That's what some men saw reputation as a beacon of opportunity. Young people behind the iron curtain would see Selma and eventually tear down that wall. Young people would hear bobby Kennedy talk about ripples of hope and eventually bannish apartheid. Young people went to Burma rather than submit to military law. From the streefen tos, this generation of young people can draw strength from this place. Where the powerless could change the world's greatest power. And push their leaders to expand the boundaries of freedom. They saw that idea made real right here in Selma, Alabama. They saw that idea manifest itself here in America. Because of campaigns like this. Voting rights act was passed. Political and economic and social barriers came down. And the change these men and women brought is visible here today in the presence of African-Americans who run boardrooms. Who sit on the bench. Who serve in elected office from small towns to big cities. From the congressional black caucus all the way to the oval office. Because of what they did. The doors of opportunity swung open, not just for black folks, but for every American. Women marched through those doors. Latinos marched through those doors. Asian Americans, gay Americans, Americans with disabilities, they all came through those doors!"

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