Let Freedom Ring: The Day in Images

President Obama talks with Yolanda Renee King, 5, granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr., her mother Arndrea Waters, and Martin Luther King III



The complete ceremony, forward to 30 minutes for the start:


President Obama’s speech:




With Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, and Mark Barden, father of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Daniel Barden, Peter Yarrow, left, and Paul Stookey, right, of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary


Rev. Joseph Lowery








President Obama hugs Rep. John Lewis after Lewis delivered remarks






Sandy Redman of Pine Top, N.C., cries as she listen to President Obama speak at the Lincoln Memorial


A couple watches President Barack Obama speak on the display in Times Square






What a beautiful day.


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117 Responses to “Let Freedom Ring: The Day in Images”

  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    August 28, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Let Freedom Ring!

  2. 2 desertflower
    August 28, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    What if Lincoln woke up to see the shambles his party is in now?

  3. 5 vitaminlover
    August 28, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Did Malia and Sasha get to attend?

  4. 6 desertflower
    August 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    O/T…but I could get behind this idea. Name the devastating hurricanes after the climate change deniers!

  5. 13 donna dem 4 obama
    August 28, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    That picture of the child on his father’s shoulders is so profound. I saw that over and over again today. I am so proud of those parents that brought their kids today because they wanted them to be a part of history. It just melt my heart to see that today.

    • 14 cindysweatt
      August 28, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Thanks for posting all of this. I had to work all day and even though I was missing it all I knew I would find it here. Donna I agree. That picture of the little boy on his father’s shoulders took my breath away. What a wonderful event. We have so much to do.

  6. 15 vitaminlover
    August 28, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    MLkIII little girl is just precious. I did not realize that she is the only grandchild of MLK,Jr. Wonder why he waited so late to marry.

    • 16 hopefruit2
      August 28, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      “Wonder why he waited so late to marry.”


      • 17 vitaminlover
        August 28, 2013 at 8:59 pm

        Well, he is in his 50’s and he did marry his longtime girlfriend in about 2006 and I was wondering why he waited so late to marry. By the way, hopefruit I love what you said about President Obama being larger than the Presidency.

        • 18 hopefruit2
          August 28, 2013 at 9:07 pm

          Okay, I see what you’re saying. Although I don’t know how long they were together before he got married. Maybe circumstances didn’t permit.

    • August 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Maybe he just waited until he met the right person, VL?!

  7. August 28, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    We’re marching!

  8. 30 anniebella
    August 28, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Venus lost in third set 7-6. So Venus is out.

  9. August 28, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    What a sweet redemptive day. It was as riveting as a 1963.

  10. 33 LunarSea
    August 28, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Greetings all. Tried to stay abreast of all the happenings today but too busy. Did sneak peaks during the day and was soo sad I couldn’t fully soak in all the speeches, songs, interviews etc, but thankfully I had TOD to help me keep up. Thanks you all. Hope the TODers that got to be there had a fantastic time.

    I checked Cspan just as I came in and lo and behold just in time for a replay! yeah. So now it’s off to see previous post and catch up. But again wanted to give a great big thanks to everyone who keeps the info alive and flowing and a giant hug to you ChipsChica for this wonderful oasis.

    Off I go! (on a new computer, hope I got me username correct and don’t land in netherland – wish me luck)

  11. 40 Vicki
    August 28, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Checking in to say that I am in complete agreement with the opinions of TOD re: Syria.
    Meaning, I do not want us to go to war in any way,
    BUT if PBO decides that military action is the right thing to do I trust our President and will back his decision.
    This is a fair summary, right?

    • August 28, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      Vicki, in my opinion the person least desiring of military action is President Obama. How to punish a pariah State that gasses its children, women and men is a complex issue in any situation. I agree with you that President Obama has earned our trust and we know how reluctant he is to place in American in harms way. Whatever he does, he will have done it motivated not by politics, #NEOCON notions of American exceptionalism, MIC corporate greed, or any other corrupt premise.

      #FORWARD Together

    • 48 LunarSea
      August 28, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      That’s my feelings. That and wanting to scream that we do nothing until we match dollar for dollar money to replace that lost in the sequester for money spent on this mission. But then I think of all the people suffering from those chemicals and know I can never be like republicans. And strangely I’m okay with that.

    • 49 arkluvspbo
      August 29, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Vicki, I trust our president 100%. I know that this is something he does not want either, and he doesn’t take it lightly. I’ve got his back.

  12. 50 rikyrah
    August 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Chips, absolutely terrific coverage today

  13. 54 carolyn
    August 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Time is a funny thing when you get older. I was 23 on this
    I memorable day in 1963, but these past 50 years just evaporated as I watched today. What a circle was drawn today from then to now.
    Yes, I do believe today was redemptive, and that we will see results from today for many years, as we have seen results from 1963 for many years.
    I couldn’t help but think of all the events that happened later in the 60s…….it was a difficult decade, as many have been since then. But, we do have these uplifting, inspiring days that carry us forward.
    I watched MLK’s speech on MSNBC just now, and noticed how PBO wove in some of the scripture King used into his speech.
    I believe these two men are the best speakers in American history…..content, delivery, warmth, reality, sincerity.
    As my husband remarked after I read Donna Dem’s comment to him…..”We saw him here. Only twenty feet away.”
    Thank you Donna for that wonderful report…….put me there.

    • 55 arkluvspbo
      August 29, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      Carolyn, I remember when President Obama used this statement in his 2007 announcement for running for president: justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.
      I believe that was the moment I fell in love with him 🙂

  14. August 28, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Hola chicas y chicos, amigos y amigas. (I know 25 words of Spanish!) What a GREAT DAY!!! And not a refugglian in sight! Weird, there must have been SOMEONE?? Condi? JC Watts…..any?

  15. 65 Jovie
    August 28, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    116 House members say Obama needs approval from Congress on Syria
    Rebecca Shabad
    08/28/13 03:23 PM ET
    Sixteen Democrats have signed the letter, which says Obama would violate the Constitution by striking Syria without congressional approval.…

    Democrats WERE all set up for 2014 midterms and as if they don’t want the house back. Party unity- none! Every man for himself!

  16. August 28, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    ok, they showed the entirety of the MLK Speech on Chris Hayes and my first thought was, this will probably result in the highest rating ever for Up With Christ…lol

    • 67 LunarSea
      August 28, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      hehehe dancing koalas would result in one of the highest rated viewings for that show.

    • 71 hopefruit2
      August 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      Hayes is pandering for ratings and once again, exploiting MLK and (mostly) viewers of color and PBO supporters to boost his flagging ratings, because those racist Libertarian emoprogs he caters to 99% of the time sure won’t be watching.

      You could have seen MLK’s entire speech on youtube, or PBS without giving Hayes the ratings which he DOESN’T deserve.

  17. 72 LunarSea
    August 28, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Love that do on ‘My Michelle’

    woo hoo I get to see junkeroo (or however it’s spelled) Yeah

  18. August 28, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    • 75 LunarSea
      August 28, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      I have always loved my Nancy Smash but on Sunday when she talked about being at the original march my jaw dropped. Talk about a phenomenal woman! And her daughter is of the same clothe. So frigging kewl Can’t wait to read her memoirs.

  19. 76 99ts
    August 28, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    What I didn’t know was going to happen & what I loved was seeing Carolyn Kennedy on the dias today – good vibes.

    So nice to come to one site and see it all.

  20. 83 Eveingeorgia
    August 28, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Just had to bring this over.
    This day was indescribable! Because of my disability, I was in allowed to sit in a great section. Beause of this, I was able to scoot around and take pictures of some great folk: Oprah, John Lewis, ElijahCUmmings, Jaime FOxx, Al Sharpton, Bill Russell…..I couldn’t believe it, all these folk passed right near us, and they were gracious to a fault.

    Everything was timed well; the event stayed on schedule. The performances and speeches were all good.

    I got to talk with and photograph the three young girls who sang The Star Spangled Banner.

    I thought all the presidents’ speeches were great, but President Obama’s was simply elegant.

    WHat a blessed day.

    Also, saw Joy Reid, Eugene Robinson, Chris Matthews, and Jesse Jackson, Forest Whitaker, Eric holder

  21. 88 utaustinliberal
    August 28, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Chips, these are beautiful images. Thank you so much for your terrific coverage this week. You are magnificent.

  22. 100 LunarSea
    August 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Finally went back top to check out all the pictures. There are a lot of iconic images there. Words fail me!

  23. 101 hopefruit2
    August 28, 2013 at 9:22 pm

  24. 102 hopefruit2
    August 28, 2013 at 9:28 pm

  25. August 28, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Catching up…

    Saw that Chips’ tweeted out that gorgeous photo from @Interior this morning. No doubt she posted it on an earlier thread, but no regrets for duplicating breathtaking beauty.

  26. 106 LunarSea
    August 28, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    OMG the bodies on those mauri men from New Zealand. OMG Loving their performance.

    Love all the ethnic groups included in this day’s celebration. People are representing. It’s a global family now. That must really scare those who fear change (and who shall remain nameless lest they spoil this wonderful day).

  27. August 28, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    For Vicki, LDS and other NYCers.

    Go de Blasio!

    • 108 LunarSea
      August 28, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      this is a huffNpuff pollster and it shows. Look how wrong they were. they made some major adjustments at the end there to make themselves look credible.

      Must say tho that Weiner 7.6% made me smile.

  28. August 28, 2013 at 9:32 pm

  29. 111 GGAIL
    August 28, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Chipsticks, thank you for making it possible for me to be able to share in this beautiful day.
    Love ya!

  30. August 28, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I don’t watch Maddow much if at all anymore, but the first segment of her show tonight was stellar. Watch it once the video is available.

  31. August 28, 2013 at 9:47 pm

  32. 116 daisydem
    August 28, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Have only been lurking for the last few days, there is a reason. I lived this. I was young, idealistic, and very emotional. My mother banned me from newspapers and tv following RFK’s death – for me, for my health. I hated that at the time; I marvel that she had the courage and foresight to do so. I love the picture above of our President, First Lady, Carter and Clinton. (and yes, to you Clinton haters on here … get over it). I am a Democrat; I have been since I was 10 years old – long before I could make my voice known. I love that picture. This is so much for me. I cannot handle it emotionally.

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