White House Statement on
the 25th Anniversary of the March on Washington
August 27, 1988
years ago, about a quarter of a million Americans gathered in Washington to bear witness to a
noble cause. In their speeches, in their songs, in their prayers, those
marchers recalled America's promise of liberty
and opportunity and said it was time to make that promise an unblemished
reality. No one was more eloquent on that day than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Speaking from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he said that he had a dream of
freedom, justice, and hope for every American and of a day when all Americans
would ``not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their
that day a quarter century ago, America has made vast progress
toward fully achieving Dr. King's dream of a colorblind society. As a result, America today is a freer land
for Americans of all backgrounds. And this nation, which Lincoln called ``the last best
hope on Earth,'' is an even more brilliant beacon of freedom and hope for
peoples throughout the world.
this anniversary, it is fitting that all Americans should give thanks for that
progress and for the work of those who sacrificed so much to bring it about.
And let us remember, as well, that freedom is our unending challenge and our
continuing vocation as Americans. This was what the March on Washington was about. This is what
we as a nation are about.