Senator Obama Remarks on 40th Anniversary of King's Death

FORT WAYNE, IN -- Speaking in Fort Wayne this morning, Senator Barack Obama commemorated the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination, calling on Americans to continue King's lifelong pursuit of social and economic justice. Obama was introduced at the event by Mike Riley, Indiana Campaign Chairman for Senator Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 presidential run. Riley was with Kennedy in Indianapolis when word hit that that Dr. King had been killed.

In his remarks this morning, Obama emphasized that there is still much work to do to achieve Dr. King's dream for America:

"That is why the great need of this hour is much the same as it was when Dr. King delivered his sermon in Memphis," Senator Obama said. "We have to recognize that while we each have a different past, we all share the same hopes for the future - that we'll be able to find a job that pays a decent wage, that there will be affordable health care when we get sick, that we'll be able to send our kids to college, and that after a lifetime of hard work, we'll be able to retire with security. They're common hopes, modest dreams.  And they're at the heart of the struggle for freedom, dignity, and humanity that Dr. King began, and that it is our task to complete."