On Friday, President Obama spoke about race relations in America, saying "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago." His extensive and personal comments called on Americans to "do some soul-searching."

Here are some of the president's most memorable remarks about race in America. 

Obama's speech about race relations in America on July 19, 2013:  Obama said, "The African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn't go away."

During the 2008 campaign, then-senator Obama famously urged America to "move beyond our racial wounds" in his 'A More Perfect Union' speech. "Race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right  now," he said to the Philadelphia audience.  Watch the full speech below:

In 2009, when asked about the arrest of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Obama said, "It's a sign of how race remains a factor in this society." Watch the full video of Obama's remarks below.