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African American History

(2004) Barack Obama Keynote Address At The Democratic National Convention, Boston

On July 27, 2004 Illinois Senatorial Candidate Barack Obama was propelled onto the national stage when he was chosen to give the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention. Obama, then an Illinois State Senator, easily won his campaign the following November and became the fifth African American to sit in the United States Senate. …

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(2007) Senator Barack Obama “Voting Rights March Commemoration Speech”

On March 5, 2007, Illinois Senator Barack Obama joined Georgia Congressman John Lewis, New York Senator Hillary Clinton, her husband, Bill Clinton, and hundreds of other dignitaries in a commemoration of the 42nd anniversary of the “Bloody Selma” March in support of voting rights for African Americans in the Deep South.  Senator Obama addressed the …

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(2009) President Barack Obama Inaugural Address

On January 20, 2009, Barack Hussein Obama, became the 44th President of the United States.  His inaugural address appears below. My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service …

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(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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(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 …