Archive for June 12th, 2013

12
Jun
13

Night Owls: White House Performances: Celebration Of Civil Rights Music

**********

??????????

“You can kill a man, but you can’t kill an idea.” – Medgar Evers, July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963; Activist, Champion of Civil Rights, Hero.

*********

**********

Click here to see the rest of the post

12
Jun
13

Myrlie Evers-Williams on Politics Nation

****

“Jim Crow is alive, and it’s dressed in a Brooks Brothers suit, my friend, instead of a white robe.”

****

See more on Medgar Evers and Myrlie Evers-Williams in today’s Rise and Shine

12
Jun
13

‘Knock on some doors, make some phone calls, get Ed Markey elected’

“…. I’ve got to have folks with me who care as passionately about these things as I do. I’ve got to have folks in the United States Senate who are willing to stand up for working people just like I have. I need folks in the United States Senate who, every day, are waking up thinking about the people who sent them there, and trying to figure out how do I make sure that they are getting a brighter future.

That’s who Ed Markey is. I need Ed Markey in the United States Senate.

…. if you work with the same focus and the same passion – if you are knocking on some doors and making some phone calls, if you’re talking to your friends and you’re talking to your neighbors – if you’re talking to cousin Jimmy who doesn’t always vote unless you give him a phone call – if you are making sure that people know Ed Markey’s remarkable record in Congress, then I guarantee you he will be the next United States senator from Massachusetts.

He’ll join Elizabeth Warren. He’ll carry on the legacy of Ted Kennedy and John Kerry. He will be my partner, and we will continue the march forward on behalf of not just this generation, but future generations.”

The President’s full remarks here

****

Greeted by Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Governor Deval Patrick, and Representative Ed Markey at Logan Airport

****

President Obama hugs Leilani Guthrie, 11, as her parents Natalie and Sean take photos and Congressman Ed Markey looks on during a stop at Charles Sandwich Shop in Boston

Click here to see the rest of the post

12
Jun
13

Letter from a Hong Kong hotel suite

Cross-posted on The People’s View.

America’s history is written in blood and sacrifice. We have two holidays—Memorial Day and Veterans Day—which commemorate the sacrifices made by our military. But, we have only two national martyrs whom we acknowledge with holidays: Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Both of our great martyrs died trying to expiate the sins of slavery and racism. Without their work, the America in which we live would be unrecognizable. In fact, there might very well be no America, as it would have split along the fissures caused by one of its two original sins, that of slavery.

Which is why it’s quite curious that Chris Hayes, on his show last night, brought up the memories of Dr. King and Rosa Parks when speaking of NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Continue reading ‘Letter from a Hong Kong hotel suite’

12
Jun
13

Heads Up: President Obama speaks at Ed Markey event

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Governor Deval Patrick and Ed Markey greet President Obama at Logan

It started early!

1:25 EST: President Obama delivers remarks at an event for Ed Markey

CBS (Ustream) * CBS (Widget) * WHDH

****

It’s a love thing…..

12
Jun
13

Next Up: President Obama speaks at Ed Markey event

Look at the line! Thank you LovelyPlains

****

1:45 EST: President Obama delivers remarks at an event for Ed Markey

CBS (Ustream) * CBS (Widget)

 

12
Jun
13

Rise and Shine

Medgar Evers July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963 (by Sam Hundley)

****

Today:

10:0: The President departs the White House

11:25: Arrives Boston

1:45: Delivers remarks at an event for Ed Markey, Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, Roxbury Crossing, MA

2:45: Departs Boston

5:40: Arrives Miami

7:05: Delivers remarks at a DNC event (Private Residence)

8:55: Delivers remarks at a DNC event (Private Residence)

9:55: Departs Miami

12:20: Arrives the White House

****

****

AP: Myrlie Evers-Williams acknowledges it would be easy to remain mired in bitterness and anger, 50 years after a sniper’s bullet made her a widow.

Instead, she’s determined to celebrate the legacy of her first husband, Medgar Evers — a civil rights figure often overshadowed by peers such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

Events including a black-tie gala are being held this week to remember Evers, the first Mississippi field secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was 37 when he was assassinated on June 12, 1963.

“We are cursed as human beings with this element that’s called hatred, prejudice and racism,” said Evers-Williams, now 80. “But it is my belief that, as it was Medgar’s, that there is something good and decent in each and every one of us, and we have to call on that, and we have to find a way to work together.”

More here

****

****

****

In this June 15, 1963, file photo, mourners march to the Jackson, Miss., funeral home following services for slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

ABC: It has been 50 years since the shocking slaying of Medgar Evers. The civil rights activist and NAACP field secretary fought for equality on many levels, from organizing voter drives and protests against discrimination, to calling for legal investigations into school segregation and the lynching of Emmett Till.

Evers was returning from a meeting when he was gunned down by a white supremacist in the driveway of his Mississippi home. His death, coming just hours after a speech on civil rights by President John F. Kennedy, sparked a national outpouring of mourning and outrage.

More here

****

****

****

****

****

****

****

****

Francis Wilkinson (Bloomberg): The immigration crucible begins this week in the Senate, where conservatives opposed to legalizing undocumented immigrants will begin a summer siege.

The legislation will both expose and challenge the core pathology of the Republican Party – that recurring tic by which the least constructive faction on any particular issue calls the ideological tune. (A budget compromise to put the nation’s fiscal policy on track? Nah. Let’s hold the global economy hostage over the debt ceiling instead. Negotiate improvements to Obamacare? No way: Better to cast toy repeal votes by the dozens.)

Immigration is different from other issues in a powerful way.

After five decades of using race as a political wedge to win elections, a process that transferred Dixie from Democratic to Republican control, Republicans can draw upon little goodwill from racial minorities. The party’s undisguised efforts to destroy the first black president will cement black allegiance to the Democratic Party for decades to come…..

More here

****

Click here to see the rest of the post




@POTUS

@BarackObama

@WhiteHouse

@FLOTUS

@MichelleObama

@PeteSouza

Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.

@TheObamaDiary

@NerdyWonka

RSS Obama White House.gov

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS WH Tumblr

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

Categories

Archives

Blog Stats

  • 40,769,406 hits

WH Flickr