Let Freedom Ring, Part 1

11:0 – 4:0: The Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action Ceremony, The Lincoln Memorial

2:45 (moved from 3:05): President Obama delivers remarks


Live streaming starts at 11:0 on White House Live, C-Span and CBS


119 Responses to “Let Freedom Ring, Part 1”

  1. 13 JER
    August 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Wonderful day.

  2. 15 desertflower
    August 28, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Off to work! Love you all:) Let Freedom Ring!!!!

  3. August 28, 2013 at 11:03 am

    My memory is working overtime right now……so please excuse me in advance.

  4. 20 utaustinliberal
    August 28, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Super excited.

  5. 24 57andfemale
    August 28, 2013 at 11:07 am

  6. 25 Linda
    August 28, 2013 at 11:07 am

    c-span has Major Garrett on the phone complaining that PBO has not done enough for Black People.

    • 26 57andfemale
      August 28, 2013 at 11:10 am

      But according to my RWNJ brother-in-law, all he’s done is pamper black people. Everything has been done for them. There were no food stamps or welfare before PBO, and it all does to black people.

      Except his very-white daughter whose children are the fourth generation of her family who have lived exclusively on welfare. Certainly he doesn’t support her, her children.

      But he’s white and ignorant, and that makes him superior to people of color.

      • August 28, 2013 at 11:19 am

        Wow, that’s some serious cognitive dissonance going on right there. My heart goes out to you, 57andfemale.

        • 28 57andfemale
          August 28, 2013 at 11:22 am

          He’s insane. And he’s my husband’s twin yet they look more dissimilar than anyone else in the family.

          The last time he visited from AZ, he screamed through my United Nations neighborhood that he didn’t understand why his son, a Chicago cop, didn’t just shoot all Hispanics on sight. It was outrageous.

          He moved to AZ about 25 years ago with no education, no skills. And yet he thinks he’s superior to the brown people who have lived in the Southwest for generations. It breaks my husband’s heart.

    • 32 pkayden
      August 28, 2013 at 11:44 am

      I’m watching C-Span now. It’s showing the march. How would MG know whether or not PBO has done enough for Black people?

      • 33 ericfive
        August 28, 2013 at 12:10 pm

        He’s a white male on TV so he is an expert on any and everything. Funny how he can say this with no consequences, but the black reporter who said Mitt Romney appears more comfortable around white people got fired. Double standards are a trip, aren’t they?

  7. 34 Layla
    August 28, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Good morning all, what a wonderful day this will be! In the early 70’s I married an African man and bore a wonderful black son. I still remember the gasps and dirty looks I received from people who were outraged at the site on me and my beautiful son! I was asked sooo many times if I had adopted him and still see the look of horror when I told them no, God created him for me, through me! So today I will be watching the events with my son. BTW I remarried to a white man and had another son, white this time which made for interesting conversations as we plowed through life together in a united family! I wish you all a wonderful day and God bless my beautiful President!

    • August 28, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Bless you, Layla. Your sons are lucky to have such a loving mother.

    • 36 57andfemale
      August 28, 2013 at 11:19 am

      In terms of DNA, we are all one species with a minuscule difference between races that isn’t statistically real. And yet man has been killing over these perceived differences from the beginning.


      Love and treasure your family, Layla. We are all the same and your family is manifestation of that.

    • 37 HZ
      August 28, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Good Morning Layla and all who are rising to this beautiful new day. Layla, I too was married in the early 70’s. I married a wonderful Irishman. We did not have a child because I decided that I could not spend my life behind bars with my very spirited wonderful Irish hubby because we decided if anyone even looked at our beautiful child, there would be something to deal with, his/her mother and father.

      I was young, and now I am older. To this day, I regret that we did not have our child, but looking back on my physical health, I can have a little peace. I was suffering from a very painful female condition and my doctor asked told me that if I wanted to have a child, I should do it immediately because I needed surgery and he would have to remove ovaries and the uterus. I wept and made the decision in the negative. I have beautiful memories of my husband supporting me and asking me to do whatever I wanted to do because he would be there for our child alongside of me.

      Looking back on my attitude, and his temperament, one or both of us would have fought anyone for our child. Those days were very difficult to live in for me. I love your words, “God created him for me, through me.!” Those are the words that would have kept my tongue for my child as well. My decision was right for me because after the surgery, we had some very sad news about my body. But that lovely young lady, or brilliant son could be mine to show up and show off for his/her mother today.

      So enjoy your beautiful children, Layla and if they have the spirit that I see in you here, they are beautiful and blessed loving children of this world. Thanks for being the beautiful vessel of God to bring them through you and your mate. Layla, you are such a beautiful soul.
      Have a beautiful day today and if present, give them a hug from me. (((((((((((((((((( Beautiful spirit, Layla.)))))))))))))))))HZ

      • 38 Layla
        August 28, 2013 at 11:43 am

        HZ I am crying as I read your beautiful words! I am so lucky to have found you on TOD!!!!! ‘they are beautiful and blessed loving children of this world’, yes they are, both of them! We have been through a lot together but in the spirit of God it has made us stronger! I love you sooo! Hugging them as we speak!

        • 39 HZ
          August 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm

          (((((((((((((((((( You are a beautiful mother and very dear TOD family member to me, Layla.))))))))))))))))))) I was crying as I was writing. So much will touch all of us today as we remember how far we have come and how far we must continue to travel for our young and loving aging ones in our nation and all over the world. We Can Help POB do some of it, but I pray others will continue to rise up and help us lift the ‘Beautiful Bricks to a More Perfect Foundation’ of this nation. He can’t do it all alone. We will move FORWARD with him by the grace of Almighty.HZ

      • August 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm


        you are a beautiful spirit…we are blessed to have you here…May the Creator continue to bless us and you…

    • 41 amk for obama
      August 28, 2013 at 11:53 am

      That’s a lovely story, Layla. I am amazed we are in 21st century with wonderful scientific developments and many peeps are still stuck on skin color.

    • August 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      You are a beautiful family, Layla, and so lucky to have each other.

  8. 43 Gazelle
    August 28, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Just had to repeat myself. Hil Harper is just simply fine! That’s all. 🙂

  9. August 28, 2013 at 11:24 am

    There will be a lot of great memories made today with lots of beautiful moments, but there are going to be hateful, annoying and frustrating comments as the media tries to shift our attention away from the importance of this anniversary. As soon as PBO finishes his speech, somebody, somewhere is going to say it wasn’t fine enough, or equal to MLKs or even to Clintons. Please ignore it all. It comes from ignorance and intense jealousy and isn’t worth our time. Sorry to say I’m going to spend this wonderful afternoon at a spine clinic as I seemed to have fractured a darned vertebrae. Life can be very frustrating sometime.

    • 56 Jovie
      August 28, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Lol! Typo much? 🙂

    • 57 57andfemale
      August 28, 2013 at 11:49 am

      How glad am I that Dennis Kucinich and Weiner are out of Congress — they’d be in the front lines of Democrats demanding impeachment if we take any military action. At all. For anything.

      Oh wait – Weiner is all for bombing Palestinians. I say that with the full disgust of an American Jew who cannot support anything and everything that Israel does, without question.

  10. 58 57andfemale
    August 28, 2013 at 11:32 am

  11. 61 Linda
    August 28, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I guess MSNBC is going to talk through the event.

    off to c-span to watch

  12. 70 amk for obama
    August 28, 2013 at 11:37 am

  13. 73 JER
    August 28, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Trayvon’s parents singing with Peter, Paul… Blowing in the Wind. Martin Luther King, Jr. — I’m Black and Beautiful

  14. 78 Linda
    August 28, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Trayvon Martin’s parents are singing.

  15. August 28, 2013 at 11:52 am

    This was the original piece when Mary was still with the group.

  16. August 28, 2013 at 11:55 am

    We anticipate that President Obama’s speech will be criticized, probably even before he utters his last syllable. But with the President’s speech and all others that are presented today, those who listen with an open heart, the right spirit, and the right frame of mind will be gifted with the message they are meant to receive. Don’t let the naysayers take away the gifts you receive today.

  17. 81 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 28, 2013 at 11:56 am

    GM, TOD. Had to dash back to the hotel; Mom forgot something — lucky we are just blocks away from the Memorial. This is the one time that my being cheap has worked out for me. The court yard was $150 cheaper than the Marriott on PA Ave, so I’m only about four blocks from the Memorial rather than about 12…

    Here is a pic of Mom and me:

  18. August 28, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    WOW! Today we don’t have white sheets but we have judges in black robes……WOW!

  19. August 28, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Woot me loving this “junkanoo” rendering of Negro anthem “Lift Ev’ry Voice #mlk50 #mow50

  20. 94 jacquelineoboomer
    August 28, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Good morning/afternoon, TOD. I was about 20 mins. late in watching the coverage, but I’m catching up with a little help from my DVR. Just saw Trayvon Martin’s parents – could someone tell me if the one gentleman with them was a Newtown father? He looked so familiar.

    Oh, my, what a day this is going to be. So glad to have y’all to share it with!

  21. August 28, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Can someone help me please. I am unable to continue posting anything on Twitter. started yesterday with mi Direct Messages when after 2 posts to someone I got “internal server error” msg. Now I am getting it just trying to post an ordinary tweet. I can’t get into my interactions either. Can’t find any answers online. Any suggestions?

  22. 113 sherijr
    August 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Have we heard from Dudette & Donna yet from the march?

  23. August 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Natalie Grant has just wiped me out!…….Flood gates are open.

    • 116 jacquelineoboomer
      August 28, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Gonna be a long day. Hang in there, Yardarm! We’re all with ya!

      Every part of this commemoration is GREAT.

  24. 117 HZ
    August 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Oh, lovely young lady is bringing on the floodgates of tear. This was the song that was the theme of my precious mother’s going home celebration. I apologize. So many have hasten to the throne in prayers during Dr. King’s trials and even now with our beloved POTUS. I know that I have to hasten there many time. Lovely rendition by the lovely young lady. HZ

  25. 119 Dakota
    August 28, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Good Morning TOD Family!

    I’m so excited for today. I’m stuck at work, which is filled with it’s usual drama, but I’m upbeat and joyful! I’ve Tivo’d the festivities on CSpan. Knew the blabbermouths on MSNBC would ruin it for us. Great to see Alycee and her Mom and am hoping we get to see our Dudette as well.

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