his weekend in Washington, DC, thousands will march to recognize the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Just prior to that historic celebration, President Obama touched on the issue of race today at a town hall meeting in New York at Binghamton University. Responding to a question about educational opportunities for minorities, Obama acknowledged the progress America has made in race since Martin Luther King, Jr.’s momentous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech on August 28, 1963.
“Obviously we’ve made enormous strides — I’m a testament to it, you’re a testament to it, the diversity of this room and the students who are here is a testimony to it.”
Yet, the president insisted,
“Institutional barriers for success for some groups still exist.”