Barack Obama’s Speech for MLK Day

January 21, 2008 at 9:36 am 4 comments

Barack Obama delivered tremendous speech on Sunday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Ebenezer Church is the church that Dr. King led before his assassination.

Obama struck a chord of unity – political and racial harmony, but also compassion for gays, immigrants and people of different faiths. He praised King’s legacy and portrayed his candidacy as a vehicle to fulfill the work that King started. He offered uplifting rhetoric, but also tough love.

“If we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that none of our hands are entirely clean,” Obama said to applause. “If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll acknowledge that our own community has not always been true to King’s vision of a beloved community.

“We have scorned our gay brothers and sisters instead of embracing them,” he continued. “The scourge of anti-Semitism has, at times, revealed itself in our community. For too long, some of us have seen immigrants as competitors for jobs instead of companions in the fight for opportunity.”

Barack spoke to a Black and Christian audience about homophobia, anti-Semitism and anti-immigrant hysteria. That’s something that no other presidential candidate has either the courage or vision to do. When it comes down to it, this speech perfectly embodies for me why we need Barack as our next president.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rick Roberts  |  January 21, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Talk, talk, talk. I prefer to judge by actions, including his cynical use of Donnie McClurkin in South Carolina. This man is an empty suit.

  • 2. Michael Crawford  |  January 21, 2008 at 10:36 am


    Billary’s actions have definitely gotten use far. I mean the Iraq war is going great, right?

    What about the Monica Lewinsky scandal? I know it was trumped up by the Republicans, but if Bill had kept his pants zipped they never would have had the opportunity.

    What about DOMA and DADT? Yeah, those are working out real well for LGBT people and our families.

    What about Billary playing the race card to undermine Barack’s support among white moderates?

    You’re right actions tell the real story and the real story is that Billary is playing the same game that Bush and Rove did.

  • 3. Jim Pickett  |  January 21, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Maybe Rick should also take a look at Barack’s many years of work in Illinois, both as a Chicago organizer and as a State Senator. He could then look at some of the accomplishments he has had in his couple of years in the Senate – such as supporting the Early Treatment for HIV Act, and introducing the Microbicide Development Act, among other things. The man does a lot more than talk – and for that he has my vote.

  • 4. genesiawilliams  |  January 22, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Black People are mouth pieces, words are how we get around the world (RAP, PREACHING, COMEDY).

    So his charasmatic nature is cool with me.

    At least he’s interesting. And I am “Hopeful” for this campaign, but more importantly the presidency following the campaign.


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