Among the many dignitaries attending events commemorating the March on Washington Wednesday is Caroline Kennedy, who is President Obama's nominee to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan.
Kennedy, who is awaiting Senate confirmation, took a brief turn at the podium and generally avoided politics, except for noting that "the Supreme Court eviscerated the Voting Rights Act" this summer.
Then she made a nod to the country where she's likely headed:
"Fifty years ago our parents and grandparents marched for jobs and freedom," she said. "We have suffered and sat by too much to let their dream become a memory. The children in our failing schools are all of our children. The victims of hate crimes and gun violence are our brothers and sisters. In the words of an old Japanese proverb, the water flows on, but the river remains."
"Now it's our turn to live up to our parents' dream to draw renewed strength from what happened here 50 years ago and work together for a better world," she concluded.