Prof. Traci Alexander
Due Date: April 6th 2015
What could be more American?
As I to listen to President Obama speech on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Alabama to mark the 50th Anniversary of “Blood Sunday”. I thought about the question asked What could be more American and If I Agreed with this statement. President Obama throughout his speech single out the most important idea that Americans hold dear which is equal rights not just for some but for all people and sometimes this right must be achieved through struggle. When the President began to look at the life and the achievements of one of his heroes John Lewis who is now a congressman , but back then a twenty five year old cilvil rights leader who led a group of young people from the Brown Chapel to join other civil rights leaders and foot -soldiers to affect social change in America . President Obama in his speech cited several points to remind us of the courage that was necessary to attempt to influence the hearts and minds of a nation. One of the points he focused on and I quote: “ Selma is not some outlier in the American experience. That’s why it’s not a museum or a static monument to behold from a distance. It is instead the manifestation of a creed written into our founding documents: “We the People…in order to form a more perfect union.” “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” When president Obama quoted those words from the preamble of the constitution and the declaration of independence he began to make a comparison to the struggle that took place in selma and the forming of our nation . he believed that the same spirit, character and courage of our Founding Fathers was being manifested through those individuals in selma . He expresses how many different groups hold to the same...
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