Yesterday President Barack Obama spoke at the annual NAACP convention to commemorate their 100th anniversary. Watch his entire speech now.
President Obama commended the progress of African-Americans in a speech on the 100th anniversary of the NAACP, but said there was still much work to be done.
Speaking at the organization’s annual convention in New York, the city where the organization was founded, Obama evoked symbols of the civil rights movement to describe the NAACP’s influence on race relations in the United States.
“What we celebrate tonight is not simply the journey the NAACP has traveled, but the journey that we, as Americans, have traveled over the past 100 years,” Obama told a star-studded crowd that included music producer Sean “Diddy” Combs and poet Maya Angelou, to name a few.
But Obama said “the pain of discrimination is still felt in America” among African-Americans, Latinos and Muslim-Americans.
“Even as we inherit extraordinary progress that cannot be denied; even as we marvel at the courage and determination of so many plain folks — we know that too many barriers still remain,” he said.
Watch his entire speech below.