Statement by the President: Commemoration of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" Speech (10/27/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                          October 27,

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     I am proud to sign legislation today authorizing placement of a marker
commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?s historic "I Have a Dream" speech
at the Lincoln Memorial.  Few leaders in American history have spoken with
the eloquence, passion and moral force that Dr. King did that day, uttering
words that -- a generation later -- still echo in our hearts.

     His call to action captured the spirit of an America struggling to
fulfill its promise of freedom; of a democracy yet to honor all of its
citizens.  Even today, his words still inspire millions of people around
the world who believe in the extraordinary power of non-violent change to
bring about social justice.

     Let all who visit the Lincoln Memorial pause to reflect upon Dr.
King?s words, and strive to make that dream real in their hearts and daily


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