But my journey is part of a larger journey - one shared by all who've ever sought to apply the values of their faith to our society. She knew that food was one of their most expensive costs, and so Ashley convinced her mother that what she really liked and really wanted to eat more than anything else was mustard and relish sandwiches. And next week, we'll also hear about those occasions when he's broken with his party as evidence that he can deliver the change that we need. And it is on their behalf that I intend to win this election and keep our promise alive as President of the United States. It is agonizing for America to lose our young men and women.
They stood on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, as the blows of billy clubs rained down. They came of age in the late fifties and early sixties, a time when segregation was still the law of the land and opportunity was systematically constricted. We measure progress by how many people can find a job that pays the mortgage; whether you can put a little extra money away at the end of each month so you can someday watch your child receive her college diploma. That's the promise of America - the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation; the fundamental belief that I am my brother's keeper; I am my sister's keeper. I realize that I am not the likeliest candidate for this office.
That we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution, and that our votes will be counted at least, most of the time. She knew that food was one of their most expensive costs, and so Ashley convinced her mother that what she really liked and really wanted to eat more than anything else was mustard and relish sandwiches. As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and the fall of dusk. This history is well known.
And when the first Muslim-American was recently elected to Congress, he took the oath to defend our Constitution using the same Holy Koran that one of our Founding Fathers - Thomas Jefferson - kept in his personal library. So whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners of it.
Legalized discrimination - where blacks were prevented, often through violence, from owning property, or loans were not granted to African-American business owners, or black homeowners could not access FHA mortgages, or blacks were excluded from unions, or the police force, or fire departments - meant that black families could not amass any meaningful wealth to bequeath to future generations. We have the most powerful military on Earth, but that's not what makes us strong. That together, our dreams can be one.