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African American History

(2013) Ben Carson’s Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast

On February 7, 2013 prominent neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson became a nationally recognized political figure when he gave a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. that was critical of President Obama’s policies and particularly Obamacare when the President and First Lady Michelle Obama were seated just a few feet away.  The speech …

African American History

(2013) President Barack Obama, Second Inaugural Address

On January 21, President Barack Hussein Obama was inaugurated as President of the United States, beginning his second term in office.  His inauguration address appears below. Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: Each time we gather to inaugurate a President we bear witness to …

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(2014) Rita Bender, “Thoughts for the People of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church”

Memorial to James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church “Image Ownership: Public Domain” On June 15, 2014, as part of the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom Summer, Rita Bender returned to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Longdale, Mississippi to give an address commemorating the …

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(2015) President Barack Obama’s Eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney

On June 26, 2015, President Obama delivered the eulogy at the funeral of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at the College of Charleston’s campus.  Here is the text of the speech. Giving all praise and honor to God. The Bible calls us to hope, to persevere and have faith in things not seen. They were still …

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(2017) Barack Obama’s Farewell Address as President of the United States

  On January 10, 2017, Barack Obama delivered his last farewell address in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. His speech is appears below: THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Chicago! (Applause.) It’s good to be home! (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you. (Applause.) All right, everybody sit down. (Applause.) We’re on …