50 years after march, Obama aims to define his role in the fight for equality

A combination image shows US civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. (R) as he waves to supporters on August 28, 1963 from the Mall in Washington DC during the "March on Washington", and newly inaugurated US President Barack Obama (L) speaking after being sworn in as the 44th US president of the US. 46 years after Martin Luther King's march on Washington to raise public consciousness for civil rights, the US on Janaury 20, 2009 witnessed the swearing-in of their first African-American president. AFP Photo / Files / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)


50 years after march, Obama aims to define his role in the fight for equality

Alone in the crowd, the Rev. Jesse Jackson watched through tears in the cool Chicago evening as the nation's next first family took the stage: a black man named Barack, a descendent of slaves named Michelle and their two young daughters.As in much of the country, the feeling in Grant Park on election night nearly five years ago emerged from the heady pride of progress. But for Jackson, the moment pushed him backward, through decades, to whom he called "the …

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