Holder: ‘Sacred and sadly unkept commitments’

Eric Holder, first African-American U.S. attorney general, said the 1963 March on Washington was to protest the “sacred and sadly unkept commitments to African-Americans.”

Speaking at the podium facing the reflecting pool at the Washington DC mall packed with thousands of people, Holder said today’s fight includes standing up for women, gays, and people with disabilities.

“Today we look to work that remains unfinished and look at our nation’s imperfections.”

Standing under a hot August sun, Holder said to huge applause that we need to protect the right to vote “unencumbered by discriminatory or unnecessary procedures,” and to fight corrosive forces tied to special interests.

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