"We have made great progress since that day 20 years ago when a young American stood before this nation and inspired us to adopt a vision that can never again be rejected or forgotten. It was clear and simple vision. It embodied the hope of generations. It kindled the aspirations of the best of our nation. As I stand here today, I thrill to the reconciliation of the emotions, the intensity, the fervor that we felt and that we carried back with us to the Southland to continue the struggle . . . . We've made great progress since Martin Luther King Jr. defined that struggle in the poetry of his dream. Now we must meet our solemn responsibility to work and march and vote and struggle, until the dream is fulfilled.

"Let us go back to the Southland as we did 20 years ago. Let us go back to the Pacific, back to the prairies, back to New England, back to the thousands of cities and towns and farming communities we represent here today. Let us resume that ministry of Martin Luther King Jr. as servants of the poor and the dispossessed reaching out to the needy and pastoring to those who are bruised by the cruelties of this world. . . . .

"My friends, my brothers and sisters, all of you who are with us today, I say that we will prevail in this movement. Our moral power, with the guidance of Almighty God, will see us through."