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"One More Term" with nods to 'Les Miserables'...

President Obama's Re-election kick-off speech at Ohio State University on May 5th.




For those who missed it, watch President Obama's speech in Owasatomie, Kansas regarding his approach to rebuilding the economy.

Welcome to the Shore Democrats-an organization where we learn together about issues that affect our community, support Democratic candidates and share our time and talent with others through community service.

Our monthly luncheons feature both political and community activist speakers who keep us informed about our government at the county and state levels and about environmental and other issues that impact the quality of life here in Eastern Sussex County.

President’s Column by Cheryl Fruchtman--

Celebrating the Best of America

ADDRESSING A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS on November 27, 1963, President Lyndon Baines Johnson said, “No memorial oration or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy’s memory than passing the civil rights bill.” In an earlier televised speech, President John F. Kennedy had asserted that he would ask Congress “to make a commitment it has not fully made in this century to the proposition that race has no place in American life or law.”

Before such a bill could become law, Kennedy was assassinated. But Johnson carried out his predecessor’s wish and pushed through the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which passed Congress with the aid of leaders such as Senator Hubert H. Humphrey and Senator Everett Dirksen, the latter a Republican.

Fifty years to the day, on July 2 an event was held in Georgetown to commemorate the act’s half-century mark. After a peaceful march from St. Michael’s Church to Georgetown Presbyterian Church, a stirring program was presented to the marchers. A poem by Maya Angelou, “A Brave and Startling Truth,” was read by Charlotte King, president of the League of Women Voters of Delaware. Darien Jones, Morehouse College Class of 2017, read an excerpt of Kennedy’s June 1963 speech, followed by former Judge Battle Robinson recalling the conciliatory words of Senator Dirksen in 1964. Johnson’s remarks of July 2, 1964, were read by Diaz Bonville, program director of West Rehoboth Children and Youth. Dr. Martin Luther King’s Nobel Prize speech of December 10, 1964, was read by the Reverend John Moore Sr., youth pastor of Calvary Baptist Church. A speech by Stella Parker-Selby, council member, town of Milton, ended the formal program, which was punctuated with music from area students as well as Greg Fuller, the register of wills candidate whose rich voice is known countywide.

How wonderful it was to share this evening with Sussex County residents, remembering this important moment in the history of our country. President Kennedy and President Johnson would have been proud to see us honoring this landmark bill—holding hands, children and adults alike in an array of ethnicities, all coming together to celebrate the best of America.





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