Live Tweet – MLK Memorial – Leaders of Civil Rights Lunch

These are the live quotes from last week’s MLK Memorial Dedication service.

About to live tweet the leaders of civil rights lunch in honor of the MLK memorial. Gonna eat, since the program is long and press stand.
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August 25, 2011
MLK III just finished speaking, Barbara Conrad is now singing a passage. Coming soon: Eric Holder, Sheila Jackson Lee, Jesse Jackson.
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August 25, 2011
Eric Holder is onstage. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Holder: Dr. King’s spirit still has the power to embolden people to overcome, to come together and stand against injustice. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Holder: Our time together must not be just abt pagentry and revelry…we must rededicate our commitment to social justice. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Holder: We must rekindle his spirit…the work of uniting our nation is incomplete. His task is now our task; his dream, our dream. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Holder: I am amazed that a direct beneficary of the civil rights movement is in the White House…but the work is still not complete. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Holdet: We face hard tasks, but we must not give into cynicism. It is our moral imperative to take up the mantle. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Holder: Individual actions count. We have no excuses for our collective failure to act. Individuals must stand up and be counted. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Holder: Thank you for continuing his work, and contiuing to believe that one day, we will walk together into the promised land. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Aside: I officially have a braincrush on Eric Holder. #civilrightssquee
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August 25, 2011
Gospel break! Soon to come, Sheila Jackson Lee, Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Janet Murgia of La Raza. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
The comedian they just announced did not get a clap. He was not amused. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Comedian is making AARP jokes & gospel jokes. His style really makes me miss Bernie Mac. Now he’s doing the black names bit. #latoya #mlk
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August 25, 2011
The EVP of marketing for BET is speaking (not on the program.) I’ve been reading MLK quotes all day, so I’m going to squash the snark. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Oooh. She’s testing me. BET is now showing their civil rights music video. Set to “Miracles.” I will try to find this. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Sheila Jackson Lee, Jesse Jackson, and Janet Murgia are all onstage at the same time. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
SJL is performing “Who Am I” a poem-tribute dedicated to Dr. King. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
SJL: Work cannot come without action. We have to be willing to die for justice. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
SJL: You must litigate for justice. Do not be afraid of using the courts to uphold justice. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
SJL says we are in the greatest reactionary period since the reconstruction and post Jim Crow. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
SJL: Justice doesn’t come from a law degree. It comes from being willing to die for judtice and using litigation as a tool. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Victoria Rockwell is onstage talking about love – she’s framing her convo around foster care and transracial adoption. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Rockwell is telling stories of her foster mom, prayer, and and learning who God was. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
@malaikamose you’re right!
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August 25, 2011
Correction: Previous speaker is Victoria Rowell, not Rockwell. Now, Janet Murguia. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Murgia: Part of King’s Dream was that America lives up to its ideals. The tenets of the Constitution and Declaration belong to us. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Murgia: I am a child of Dr. King’s dream. It was universal. And it was a call to action. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Jesse Jackson onstage. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Jackson: How many people have a family member in jail? A family member in foreclosure or behind on their rent? #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Jackson: Student loan debt? Credit card debt? Half the room is standing. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Jesse: We got the proclaimaton without the emancipation. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Jackson: Those who came to Ellis Island were welcomed; those who came to Jamestown VA as slaves were not. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Jackson: The march on Washington was an act of defiance. You have to have confrontation & negotiation before you have reconcilliation. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
@ElaheIzadi Comedian was Jonathan Slocumb.
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August 25, 2011
Jackson is talking about hopes – all legislative actions. “The Tea Party is not new – it’s a new name for an old game!” #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Jackson specifically calls out states right supporters as wanting to destroy the civil rights act, bit by bit. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Jackson: We fight back in Dr. King’s name, because we are not afraid. Keep hope alive and march on. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Julian Bond onstage. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Bond discusses being at the March on Washington. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Bond wss talking about being in SNCC, and being asked to hand out cokes to cekebs like Sammy Davis Jr.
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August 25, 2011
Remembers MLK as the guy at the grocery store and the bank – they were three houses apart. #mlk
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August 25, 2011
Bond: Dr. King was the first man to speak to both blacks and whites in the common language of Christianity. #mlk
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August 25, 2011