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Sweeping talk of the gains and distance still to go

President marks anniversary of March on Washington:

WASHINGTON — President Obama, speaking from the hallowed place where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years ago, called on the nation Wednesday to build upon the accomplishments of racial justice and complete the journey to economic equality.

In some ways, the moment marked a dream fulfilled, with the nation’s first black president embodying how far the country has come. As Obama paused and looked at the masses from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he sought to link the history that he celebrated to the hope that he promised in his presidential campaigns.

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