“We come today, 50 years later, it’s even stranger that there are men and forces who still seek to restrict our vote and deny our full participation,” Lowery said. “Well, we come here to Washington to say: We ain’t going back. We ain’t going back. We’ve come too far, marched too long, prayed too hard, wept too bitterly, bled too profusely and died too young to let anybody turn back the clock on our journey to justice.”
Lowery charged up his speech at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with high praise for one of the speakers who will follow this afternoon: President Barack Obama.
Lowery, who helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, goosed the crowd with Obama’s “Fired up, ready to go” chant.