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if you put jobs in there, one of rights, we're talking about those who are denying gender issues. we're talking about equality. african-americans the right to a we're talking about job going to do. environments. we're also talking about war. what are those who don't mind so i think it is only natural. having what we have today twice and the unemployment rate as blacks and whites. you have to face those facts. the speech was full of facts. it was full of incontrovertible facts. he managed to do that under the guys of poettry. this event was an organizing event. the speech was a crowning moment of american orator. we think now, there's a march on washington. there was no march on washington until there was the march on washington. >> i think it's critical, the organizing that congresswoman is talking about, the organizing to bring people together is what really was the message. you're talking about hundreds of thousands of people that never happened before.
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they did not know what dr. king was going to do. in hindsight now, we look back. you would think they went to the i have a dream march. they did not know about the dream until they got to the march. they went to stand up for freedom and jobs. and once you remove the purposes, then you don't have to deal with the issues. >> how did you -- this is a mundane question. it fascinating me. my father is an organizer. i grew up in a household of organizers. there's no facebook, no internet. no one had pulled this off before. 200,000 people, where are they going to use the bathroom in the mall. this was an unbelievable feat of organizing. >> it was, never had so many the following limited people gathered in any single commercial presentation is made place for a single cause. possible by bank of america.
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not to mention black and white people together. frankly, i don't think there was as dawn broke on washington, a human being who had enough experience you could put d.c., 50 years ago today, no one knew what to expect. together and pull this off, and dr. martin luther king, junior remember they had been mentored had been up most of the night in by a. phillip randolph. his room writing and rewriting he was the only living the speech he was to give that african-american who had organized a lasting national movement, the brotherhood of day, though the most sublime passage would never appear on sleeping carporters. that page. there was all of the expertise the earliest press reports that morning suggested that only there was, and there was about 25,000 people would show up. enormous doubt everywhere, that organizers of the march on it could be pulled off. >> and your father, of course, washington for jobs and freedom were nervous. had been through years of putting out fires, working working with buyers and others behind the scenes to keep the collision behind the march in to build up organizing around the boycott. tact and preparing to channel and organizing around the south. the sea of humanity that they you can't flip a switch on and hoped to call forth. get 200 people at the capitol. and then the buses and the >> you mean 200,000? trains came, and the people came >> yes. with them by the thousands. >> absolutely not. but you know, it was -- it and by that afternoon, more than 200,000 people, black and white really was a coalition, but as spread out before the shadow of the congresswoman stated, it the great emancipator, could not have been done without disciplined and exuding the this huge monumental organizing spirit of solidarity. effort.
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they listened to speakers one by >> martin luther king iii and one who called the nation to eleanor thank you very much. reverend al sharpton is going to meet the demands that justice stick around. placed upon it, and about 2:40 coming up, we'll take a look at the ten demands on the march on in the afternoon, the last washington. which included a national speaker rose to the lectern. minimum wage act that will give some fretted the tv cameras all americans a decent standard would be gone by the time the reverend spoke having already of living. sound familiar? left to process film for the chris matthews joins us next. evening's news. the crowd leaned forward and this is what they heard. >> i am happy to join with you ♪ o beautiful for spacious skies ♪ today in what will go down in for centuries, the hopes, dreams and promise of this great nation... history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the has been shaped history of our nation. by the african american experience. now comes a museum to honor this legacy... and finally tell their story. tell all our stories. a story of courage. a story of achievement. five score years ago, a great the story of a great american people continues. american in whose symbolic help us make sure it's heard.
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shadow we stand today signed the emancipation proclamation. this momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of negro slaves, who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. it came as as the joyous daybreak to end the long night ♪ of their captivity. [ male announcer ] bob's heart attack didn't come with a warning. but 100 years later, the negro today his doctor has him on a bayer aspirin regimen still is not free. to help reduce the risk of another one. if you've had a heart attack, be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. one hundred years later, the at humana, our medicare agents sit down with you and ask. life of the negro is still sadly hanging out with this guy. he's just the love of my life. [ male announcer ] getting to know you crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of is how we help you choose the humana medicare plan that works best for you. mi familia. discrimination. ♪
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[ male announcer ] we want to help you achieve your best health, one hundred years later, the so you can keep doing the things negro lives on a lonely island that are important to you. keeping up with them. i love it! of poverty, in the midst of a [ male announcer ] helping you -- vast ocean of material now that's what's important to us. prosperity. one hundred years later, the negro is still languished in the corners of american society, and finds himself in exile in his own land. so we've come here today to drum dramatize a shameful condition. in a sense, we've come to our nation's capitol to cash a check. when the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the constitution and the declaration of independence, they were signing a promissory
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note to which every american was to fall heir. this note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. it is obvious today that america has defaulted on this promissory note in so far as her citizens of color are concerned. instead of honoring this sacred obligation, america has given the negro people a bad check, a we cannot be discouraged by a supreme court decision that said we don't need this critical check which has come back marked provision of the voting rights act because look at the states, "insufficient funds." it made it harder for [ cheers and applause ] african-americans, hispanics and students. and the elderly and the infirm and more working folks to vote. what do you know? they showed up, stood in line for hours and voted anyway. so obviously we don't need any
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kind of law. >> but we refuse to believe that but a great democracy does not the bank of justice is bankrupt. make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon. that's former president bill we refuse to believe that there clinton today marking the 50th are insufficient funds in the anniversary on the march of washington. great vaults of opportunity of this nation. the steps of the lincoln memorial, part of a day long so we've come to cash this nationwide commemoration. still with me is reverend al check. sharpton, host of msnbc's politics nation. and chris matthews. a check that will give us upon this speech happened in washington, the march happened in washington for a reason, which was, washington was where the movement wanted to see demand, the riches of freedom action on civil rights legislation. and the security of justice. that was the predicate, the first demand is comprehensive and official civil rights legislation to guarantee all americans, and they list we have also come to this different things they wanted. kennedy had announced his intentions. hallowed spot to remind america his support for such an act. of the fierce urgency of now. what was the dynamics here politically of showing up with 200,000 people on the mall? this is no time to engage in the >> he was, woulding his way, you get the tapes. you can get some tapes. kennedy was working with his luxury of cooling off or to take through the judiciary committee the tranquilizing drug of in the house. he was working him to get some of the liberal members who are being a little too perfecto.
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gradualism. they wouldn't push the liberal health care, the civil rights bill. this is public accommodations now is the time to make real the and fair employment practices. you can go to the restrooms, hotels, restaurants. promises of democracy. now is the time to rise from the these are the doors closed for african-americans. dark and desolate valley of segregation through the sun lit and he was pushing that through right up until he died. path of racial justice. now, you can wonder whether he had ever gotten past comber and now is the time to lift our those guys, but he was doing nation from the quick sands of what he could do. and the shock of his assassination. racial injustice to will solid and the legislative genius of the president. rock of brotherhood. and, of course, the outside as now is the time to make justice you've said so many times, the partnership between outside and a reality for all of god's inside all came together and children. it would be fatal for the nation magically, they got a bill to overlook the urgency of the through, and the supreme court moment. said yeah, that's the other this sweltering summer of the thing we kept forgetting. we had a liberal supreme court.
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negro's legitimate discontent a right wing supreme court may have stricken that. will not pass until that is an interstate commerce is stretched here. invigorating autumn of freedom they didn't. and equality. this is an incredible moment that happens after the march and 1963 is not an end, but a beginning. the speech. a bunch of the folks have just those who hope that the negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a spoken and go over to the white rude awakening if the nation house. this is john lewis. returns to business as usual. he stood in the door of the oval office, he greeted each one of us. there will be neither rest nor he was so pleased, so happy that tranquillity in america until everything had gone well. the negro has granted his they were sweating it in the white house, if this didn't go citizenship rights. well -- the whirlwinds of revolt will >> they didn't know if violence was going to break out, they continue to shake the didn't know what was going to foundations of our nation until happen, and i think that the president invited them over, the bright days of justice because he was relieved and emerge. congratulated them for making their point, which he had in and that is something that i many ways associated, therefore,
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putting a lot of political must say to my people who stand capital behind. on the own threshold which leads the other thing that i think is into the palace of justice. in the process of gaining our important, is the aren't rightful place, we must not be demonstration was in washington, guilty of wrongful deeds. it was that they wanted the let us not seek to satisfy our federal government to supersede the state laws, they were fighting states. thirst for freedom by drinking notice kings words. from the cup of bitterness and governor's lips dripping with hatred. the words of interposition of null fiction. we must forever conduct our they were nullifying federal struggle on the high plain of law. that's why they wanted a bill from washington, to protect them dignity and discipline. from alabama and mississippi, et we must not allow our created cetera. protests to degenerate into >> one of the things that happens in history, right? physical violence. when we look back, everyone seems like they're all on the again and again we must rise to same page. the majestic heights of meeting at the time, of course, it's incredibly contentious. >> his best friend was george physical force with soul force. smathers. his best friend was a segregationist. richard russell, an out and out the marvelous new militancy segregationist. the great anti-war hero. which has engulfed the negro total segregationist.
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22 southern democrats, the community must not lead us to a republican party, great irony i disrupt of all white people. talked about tonight. only two republican senators for many of our white brothers voted against voting rights. john tower of texas and strom, as evidenced by their presence who was also a secret here today have come to realize dixie-crat. that their destiny is tied up >> john lewis shows up with a speech in which he says, he's going to get up at that podium with our destiny. and say, we do not support the president's civil rights legislation, because it does not go far enough. >> the unsaid thing that we have mentioned through all of the they have come to realize that last few days is black politicians couldn't speak. adam klain couldn't speak their freedom is inextricably because of the politics. bound to our freedom. adam sat on the side and listened to the speak. we cannot walk alone. >> why couldn't he speak? as we walk, we must make the >> because no one knew what he pledge that we shall always was saying. march ahead. and there was the tension with the kennedys and all of that. we cannot turn back. there was a lot of what we hear there are those asking the today, we romanticize that it didn't happen yesterday. it did. devotes of civil rights, when >> i remember dr. king, i have to tell you, he was controversial right to the end. will you be satisfied? when he started pushing for jobs, and then he started pushing against the vietnam war, we can never be satisfied as i remember my brother saying, why doesn't he stick to his long as the negro is the victim thing. of the unspeakable horrors of the thing meant blacks were getting killed in vietnam. that thing enlarged, wasn't like
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police brutality. he thought of the vietnam war, we can never be satisfied as you know? >> reverend al sharpton, host of long as our bodies, heavy with politics nation and chris matthews host of hardball on msnbc. fatigue of travel cannot gain lodging in the motels of the >> thank you. highways and the hotels of the up next, 50 years after the cities. speech, the nation's first african-american president helped preserve the memory of the march on washington. we cannot be satisfied as long we'll hear what president obama had to say, as he stood in the as the negro's basic mobility is same spot as dr. king. [ greg ] i like to golf all morning. from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. we can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating "for whites only." we cannot be satisfied as long as the negro in mississippi cannot vote and the negro in new york believes he has nothing for which to vote. that's why i eat belvita at breakfast. it's made with delicious ingredients,
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i have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed. we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. i have a dream that one day on the red hills of georgia, sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. i have a dream that one day even the state of mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with
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the heat of oppression will be transformed into an oasis of on the steps of the lincoln memorial, martin luther king, jr. laid out his vision for an equal society, telling those who freedom and justice. marched alongside him, 1963 is i have a dream that my four not an end but a beginning. a half century later, the little children will one day nation's first african-american live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of president stood on those same their skin, but by the content steps. of their character. i have a dream today -- >> because they kept marching, [ cheers and applause ] america changed. because they marched, the civil rights law was passed. because they marched, a voting >> i have a dream that one day rights law was signed. because they marched, doors of down in alabama, with its opportunity and education swung vicious racists, with its open. governor having his lips dripping with the words of because they marched, the city councils changed and state legislatures changed and interposition and nullification, congress changed and yes, one day right there in alabama, little black boys and black eventually the white house girls will be able to join hands changed.
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with little white boys and little white girls as sisters and brothers. i have a dream today -- [ applause ] >> i have a dream that one day every valley shall be exhausted, because they marched, america every hill and mountain shall be made low. became more free and more fair. the rough places will be made not just for african-americans, plain, and the crooked places will be made straight. but for women and latinos. and the glory of the lord shall asians and native americans. be revealed and all flesh shall for catholics, jews and muslims, see it together. for gays, for americans with this is our hope. this is the faith that i go back disabilities. to the south with. with this faith, we will be able america changed for you and for to hew out of the mountain of me. and the entire world drew despair a stone of hope. strength from that example. with this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling whether the young people who discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of watched from the other side of brotherhood. the iron curtain and would with this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray eventually tear down that wall. together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand or the young people inside south up for freedom together, knowing africa would eventually end the
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that we will be free one day. scurge of apartheid. this will be the day when all of those are the victories they want with iron wills and hope in god's children will be able to their hearts. sing with new meaning, my that is the transformation that country 'tis of thee. they rock, with each step of their well worn shoes. sweet land of liberty, of thee i that's the debt in a i and the sing. land where my fathers died, land millions of americans owe those of the pilgrim's pride, from maids, laborers, porters, every mountainside, let freedom ring. secretaries. and if america is to be a great folks who could have run a nation, this must become true. company maybe if they ever had a so let freedom ring from the chance. prodigious hilltops of new hampshire, let freedom ring. from the mighty mountains of new those white students who put themselves in harm's way, even though they didn't have to. york. let freedom ring from the those japanese americans who heightening alleghenys of were called their own pennsylvania. let freedom ring from the snow internment, those capped rockies of colorado. let freedom ring from the jewish-americans who had curvacious slopes of california. survived the holocaust, people but not only that, let freedom ring from stone mountain of who could have given up and
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georgia. given in, but kept on keeping on. let freedom ring from lookout knowing that we may endure for a mountain of tennessee. night, but joy cometh in the morning. >> how can what happened 50 let freedom ring from every hill years ago, shape what happens and mole hill of mississippi, now. we'll talk about the new from every mountainside. frontier of civil rights with a special panel, including the let freedom ring. widow of maker evers who talked on monday about the ways in which her generation has failed to carry that day forward. when we allow freedom to ring, to guard their manhood with new depend shields and guards. when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from the discreet protection that's just for guys. now, it's your turn. every state and every city, we get my training tips at will be able to speed up that day when all of god's children, black men and white men, jews i don'without goingcisions to angie's list first. with angie's list, i know who to call, and gentiles, protestants and and i know the results will be fantastic! catholics will be able to join find out why more than two million members hands and sing in the words of count on angie's list. angie's list -- reviews you can trust. the old negro spiritual, free at last, free at last, great god all mighty, we are free at last. >> you've been watching dr. [ agent smith ] i've found software that intrigues me. martin luther king's i have a dream speech delivered 50 years it appears it's an agent of good.
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ago today. good evening, i'm chris hayes, ♪ [ agent smith ] ge software connects patients to nurses to the right machines joining me tonight on this special edition of all in, while dramatically reducing waiting time. [ telephone ringing ] now a waiting room is just a room. [ static warbles ] martin luther king, iii, eleanor holmes norton. and an organizer of the 1963 the placards at the march march. read now as we look back 50 and reverend al sharpton. years and see with our own eyes founder and president of the i and hear with our own ears the have a dream network. message of dr. martin luther your father was speaking to the king, jr. crowd, he was always -- knew we encounter the now, when we that he had one of the largest return, how the next generation of civil rights leaders are audiences he was probably going following in the footsteps of to have. dr. king to address the dream. who was the audience to that what is your vision for the speech? >> i think the audience has become different than who it future? was. that day the audience was not just the crowd, but it was go to or tweet with congress. it was the president. the #advancingthedream. it really was a nation. [ male announcer ] these days, a small business can save by sharing. now it's become the world in a real sense. like carpools...
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even though it was a dream he polly wants to know if we can pick her up. shared for this nation. yeah, we can make room. yeah. [ male announcer ] space. >> there's a repeated return to yes, we're loving this communal seating. it's great. [ male announcer ] the best thing to share? a data plan. a very insistent tone, that if at&t mobile share for business. you think we're going to blow one bucket of data for everyone on the plan, off steam and go away, he unlimited talk and text on smart phones. manages to do this in a way that it is very deftly done, but what now, everyone's in the spirit of sharing. hey, can i borrow your boat this weekend? comes through is, we are not moving. no. >> one of the things you have to [ male announcer ] share more. save more. at&t mobile share for business. think about, when you hear the speech in its entirety, is that ♪ he laid out some of the same issues that martin the third and i are dealing with today and dealt with saturday. and the congresswoman deals with all the time, he mentioned at least twice police brutality. he talked about economic [ male announcer ] from the last day of school, back to the first. inequality. they're gonna make everything from posters he talked about blacks not being to do it yourself tattoos. able to vote in the south, not feeling we had a reason to vote so make sure they've got the sharpies to make their mark. in the north. this week only get sharpie five packs for a dollar. if he were to make that speech staples has it. today, they would call it the staples. that was easy. grievance industry. he laid out some of the same
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grievances that we are accused of exacerbating today. it's amazing to hear him raise issues that we get condemned for raising. >> particularly the passage, the very striking passage on the promissory note. we have been given a bad check. it has a huge laugh from the crowd. >> by the time he got there, he had laid the predicate. the speech was brilliant. leave aside its oratoricals. he starts out, before you get to the promissory note. he gives you the historical basis for it. the emancipation proclamation. by the time you get to modern times. that has become a real promissory note. when you consider this man -- the speech every -- virtually every other line is a metaphor for the audience. there was -- what the reverend said is very important to the note. how do you speak to the audiences that martin indicated,
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when you know that most of the people there were black, a third were white. we are the forgotten you're speaking to the larger generation, we are the illegals. we are the thugs. we are the generation that you american public, to the locked in the basement while political establishment. >> the washington post editorial page for instance. movement conversations were >> he was speaking to us, the going on upstairs. young militants. we are the generation that you told to be afraid of our life. he's talked about the marvelous our darkness. militancy. who we came to love. he managed to admonish us at the but we are here today to join in same time. a conversation that will shake don't go overboard. the very foundations of this here was the ultimate skill of capitol. an orator who can speak to >> that was phillip agnew of the several audiences at one time, dream defenders, who just ended and it's as if he -- you would a 31 day occupation. speaking over the weekend in washington, d.c., nearly 50 say, yeah, that line was for me. years after the march on and somehow else will say, and washington. yet -- you're right, it doesn't joining me now is the widow of read like a set of grievances, it reads like a poem. slain civil rights leader, founder of the medgar and myrlie evers foundation. congresswoman karen bass, it reads like the oration of a poem. democrat from california and a
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>> and it's precisely that genius that has brought about member of the congressional the mini-industry of black caucus. appropriating the words of the i'd like to start with you and reverend dr. martin luther king, because there is so much in that ask what it's been like, when speech. that time came so fresh off the and so much in the message, that worst day in your life? people -- i want to play a brief >> quite honestly, it's been sound clip. difficult, but it's been very encouraging, and exciting. we're going from the most sublime to the most mundane, i all in the same. apologize. this is what 30, 40, 50 years let's go back. does, which has been appropriated by the conservatives, the right, what he actually meant. take a listen. medgar had been assassinated >> if dr. king were alive today, i believe he would be broken about a month before the march hearted about what has happened on washington. to the traditional family, and one of the most tragic and not only among blacks. >> we feel the spirit of dr. unnerving experiences in my life martin luther king jr. who would and for my children, he came challenge us to honor the sacred home from a meeting, holding charters of our liberty. t-shirts that read jim crow must >> i believe that gun go. appreciation day honors the as he got out of the car, he was legacy of dr. martin luther king. shot in the back. >> i'm not asking you for a sort we heard the rifle shot, the of definitive historical account of who would not be in the children ran to the bathroom and graces of the departed. tried to get into the tub. but it is now a game in american politics to appropriate the
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it had been described as the legacy of your father for these different political lines. safest place in the house. medgar had taught them that. i went to the front door, the >> actually, it is. force of the bullet had pushed that is good and bad. him forward in his car, and with the strength of whatever, he was >> how is it good? able to move himself to the door >> it's good because everyone with his keys in his hand. can sort of immerse themselves that's what we saw. and say we do believe in dr. i must tell you, at that point in time, all of the civil rights activities disappeared. king. it was a loss of my husband and my children's father. now, it's upon others of us, we got through the first must challenge them to enforce what dad wanted to happen, and funeral, he was buried at not to try to say, well, dr. arlington cemetery, and my life king fits -- dr. king is against as a widow became front page. affirmative action, that just is not true. so today i felt myself going even though he wanted to see the through so many, many emotions. day when his children would be that of being so proud of seeing judged not by the color of their young people step up, a younger skin, but by the content of generation step up and seize the their character. moment and the opportunity, and reality is, i as an older person having that feeling that am judged by the content of my
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character. everything is not lost. trayvon martin was profiled and by golly, we have such a bright tragically lost his life. masses of young black people are future here with these young not looked at by the content of people. their character yet, we have to but also in the back of my mind work on that about. >> if you forgive the med fore, there were all of these emotions, when i saw the king geez us christ is appropriated children, i became very full. by everybody from the far right because i remembered coretta to the catholic church. scott king as well as dr. king, and that's what happens when you and how much they wanted that become a universal figure. when what you said appeals family unit together. across the board. how much they had suffered, of in a real sense, i don't think martin luther king would mind. he would make sure we clarified hearing the reverend bernice the way martin is doing now. >> i think even jesus, we at king speak and deliver such a least let the disciples interpret. forceful message. it was amazing to me, these guys it reminded me of a father, and and ladies on the right seem to i felt a sense of prime with feel they know dr. king better that, i've had all of these than his children, better than mixed emotions. the people that worked with him. >> when you hear that, one of the people that were on his the things that's been striking team. to me about the dream defenders i mean, it's like -- even better is how clearly and forthrightly than the plain historical you place yourself in the tradition of the civil rights struggle.
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record. >> yes, of direct action, direct >> he was speaking for himself. >> the march for jobs and nonviolent action. freedom pamphlet, i'd like to how do you feel being here, and hear you talk about this, we when you hear the story of marched to regress old grievances and helped to resolve medgar evers, knowing the line an american crisis. born of the twin evils of racism of sacrifice that has come and deprivation, their before you? livelihoods destroyed. the negro unemployed are thrown >> you know, i speak for myself to the streets, driven to and others and say, we're just despair, all america is robbed of the contribution, at a later point they talk about organizing humbled to be here. the unemployed for the march. the civil rights movement is our it will serve no purpose to hold a march. if unemployed people are not compass, it's our blueprint. able to come and add their it's the reason for being, it's the reason we're here. voices to the demonstration. we're blessed to having that as >> there was a profound economic message. >> at first it was going to be a a compass, due north for us. it's humbling to be here, it's march for freedom. humbling they speak so highly of a. phillip randolph, you have to get contents of that word. us, and really the work that we have to do is sadly reminiscent in 1963 -- >> freedom is too -- of the work that was spoken >> you can appropriate by the about in the i have a dream speech. way, very easily. if you put jobs in there, one of >> one of the things that i think is interesting. you did this occupation for a special session, and then a law named after trayvon martin, and racial profiling, and the school, the prison pipeline. are you reinventing direct action, or are you going back and reading the manuals?
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are you learning the -- >> the way we look at it is, we have a car. and that car was built very well, but we have the benefit of some gps now. anti-lock brakes and technology that we have to use at our disposal. no, we're not reinventing the wheel, we're using everything at our disposal to make sure our car goes fast. our car goes far, and we see victory in everything we're doing. >> there were i think four african-american members of congress on the day dr. martin king gave his speech. there were 44 today. how do you understand yourself as someone who is in both inherit the tradition of activism and you are within the halls of power yourself? >> well, it's absolutely what shaped my life. i remember 50 years ago, i was nine years old, i remember it very well. you have two and a half generations here. it was the struggles of the civil rights movement that
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absolutely shaped my life and made me make a commitment at a young age that i was going to devote my life to fighting for social and economic justice. i spent many years before being in office, being involved in direct action, studied the civil rights movement, and spent a great deal of time trying to raise the next generation. >> how does the psychological experience of being the person who is sitting in a politician's office and being the person who's going to work in the politician's office, how does that change you? how do you view that now? is there a part of you that changes internally? >> there is a part of my behavior that changes, not my gut, not my soul, not my principles. to me, i fund amountsly believe the way you bring about true change is through an inside and outside strategy. direct action, community organizing, i've had a ball trying to apply it in the legislative context. there's absolutely a way to do it. i think it's very consistent.
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i love your gps. >> thank you. >> do you think, one of the things that i think -- when you go back to the actual history of this was, one of the things that they had to do with the speech was press on allies, right? there were allies in power who were sympathetic to the movement, but didn't want to move too fast and lose too many southern dixie-crat votes. >> that's true. but there's something about momentum, when it starts, it's difficult to slow it down. particularly if it's for the right cause. this is the case, and to see what is happening today, if i may turn to you and say your generation, i am just so happy and pleased to see what's happening. >> can you feel that momentum when it's happening. do you know the momentum is happening when you feel it? >> absolutely, you do. >> all have you to go is look around the country.
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and you can see it in different pockets and there's been a long running question. where are the young people at. i think a lot of young people are saying, we're here, we're here. we've been in north carolina defending voting rights, you know? we've been here in florida fighting against racial oppression. we've been in ohio fighting for fair wages. and so we're here. you can feel it, and you can see it, and i think we're at a very interesting time. the skill of the organizer is to have the pulse on the people so you know when that is happening. even though i sit in the house of representatives, i think the outside pressure is absolutely critical. >> does it bother you when you get outside pressure? >> no, it doesn't. i am absolutely telling you -- >> i feel like every politician, in their heart of hearts are there, there's some part of you that thinks, it makes my life so much easier. >> they're supposed to hold me accountable. that's why i'd like town halls. >> one of the things i hope for,
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is there will be more and more publicity on what our younger people are doing. it's absolutely necessary to move forward. >> civil rights activists, it's a great, great honor to have you here. thank you all so much. >> thank you. that is it for this special edition of all in, thank you for being here with us tonight. it was amazing to be able to watch that speech and share it with you. the rachel maddow show starts right now. >> that was amazing. looking back at last night, i need to commend you for kicking my butt in the ratings last night. in the hope that you don't make a habit of it, congratulations my friend. tonight was amazing. >> thank you, rachel. >> thanks to you at home as well for staying with us the next hour. this is the northwood theater in baltimore maryland. it opened in 1950, but it was not until 13 years later that a movie was shown at this theater, before an audience that included both black people and white people. it had been a whites only movie theater in baltimore. incidentally, the first movie they did show to an integrated
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audience in 1963, it was this movie in search of the castaways, which was a disney movie and it was terrible. but still there had been
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