Watch Obama’s Speech On The Anniversary Of The Bloody Sunday Selma March

On Saturday, thousands gathered at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to honor the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday March, in which the peaceful protesting of about 600 civil rights activists was interrupted by violent attacks from white police officers. President Obama delivered a powerful speech that Death and Taxes writer Steve King calls “the best of his presidency,” and I don’t disagree. Watch for yourself, and draw some inspiration from one of the president’s more moving quotes of that day:

“And yet, what could be more American than what happened in this place? What could more profoundly vindicate the idea of America than plain and humble people – the unsung, the downtrodden, the dreamers not of high station, not born to wealth or privilege, not of one religious tradition but many – coming together to shape their country’s course? What greater expression of faith in the American experiment than this; what greater form of patriotism is there; than the belief that America is not yet finished, that we are strong enough to be self-critical, that each successive generation can look upon our imperfections and decide that it is in our power to remake this nation to more closely align with our highest ideals?”

[Death and Taxes]