President Obama From Selma Anniversary Celebration: ‘Work is Never Done’ (Video)

“The Americans who crossed this bridge…they held no elected office, but they led a nation,” Obama says

Last Updated: March 8, 2015 @ 8:06 AM

President Obama spoke from the 50th anniversary celebration of the Selma March Saturday expressing that the work for equality is not yet finished.

“If Selma taught us anything, it’s that our work is never done,” the President said as he stood next to the Edmund Pettus Bridge.


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Mr. Obama also took the opportunity to call for the restoring of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which the Supreme Court dismantled in 2013.

In front of 100 members of Congress who attended the anniversary, Obama said it’s up to them to restore the law.


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“If we want to honor this day, let that 100 go back to Washington, and gather 400 more, and together, pledge to make it their mission to restore that law this year. That’s how we honor those on this bridge,” Obama said.

The President also addressed the Department of Justice’s report on the Ferguson Police Department, which found the department at fault for rampant mistreatment of African American citizens.


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“I rejected the notion that nothing’s changed. What happened in Ferguson may not be unique, but it’s no longer endemic or it’s not longer sanctioned by law and custom; and before the civil rights movement, it most surely was.”

Watch President Obama’s full speech below.