08 30 2015
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President George W. Bush, appearing at a groundbreaking ceremony last Nov. 13 for a memorial honoring slain civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., said the National Mall monument will "preserve his legacy for ages."
Under overcast skies, Bush joined former President Bill Clinton and a host of civil rights figures and members of Congress to celebrate the monument to be built not far from where King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963 to about 250,000 people taking part in a pro-civil rights march on Washington.
"When Martin Luther King came to Washington in the summer of 1963," Bush said, "he came to hold this nation to its own standards. ... He stood not far from here ... with thousands gathered around him. His dream spread a message of hope."
"An assassin's bullet could not shatter his dream," Bush said ....

Matt Essieh

Matt Essieh immigrated to Oregon in 1980 to attend Southern Oregon State University. Now, the one-time immigrant is an American citizen with a company that employs 21 people and does business nationwide.

His Beaverton-based business, EAI Information Systems, creates computerized systems for banks, brokers and insurance companies to help clients make and keep track of their investments.

Jesse Jackson and Condoleezza Rice get the top support among Blacks asked to name the nation's "most important Black leader," according to an AP-America Online Black Voices poll. Next come former Secretary of State Colin Powell and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

Many Blacks question whether any one person can wear the leadership mantle for such a large and diverse group of people. At the same time, two-thirds in the poll said leaders in their communities were effective representatives of their interests.

When Blacks were asked to come up with the person they considered "the most important Black leader," 15 percent chose Jackson, a civil rights activist who ran for president in the 1980s; while 11 percent picked Secretary of State Rice; 8 percent chose former Secretary of State Powell; and 6 percent named Obama, a freshman Democratic senator from Illinois.

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"Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history."

So said Carter G. Woodson, Ph.D., the scholar and historian who is called "The Father of Black History," and who founded Negro History Week in 1926 to help give this record and inspiration to other Black Americans.

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