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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an event commemorating the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., December 9, 2015.

Obama Reflects on Anniversary of Abolition of Slavery


Sunday marked the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, bringing the abolition of slavery to the United States.

Commemorating the day, President Barack Obama stood at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and reflected on the fight for progress.

The Amendment declared that “Neither slaver nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the Untied States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction,” according to the Library of Congress. The Amendment passed through Congress on January 31, 1865, and was ratified by the states on December 6, 1865.

Below is a selection of his speech that should generate thought among all our readers:

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"Bigotry in all its forms." Discrimination based on race, creed, or NATIONAL origin. Do you hear yourself, Mr. President?? And can you hear the fervent cries for justice and equality - fair treatment under equitable laws - from the very ones who were here FIRST ??