After centuries of struggle, blessings of liberty still imperfectly distributed

Commentary | July 4, 2001 | By John Burbank | Tacoma News Tribune

About once a year my job takes me to Washington, D.C. During every visit I always take time to walk over to the Lincoln Memorial. I read Lincoln's Gettysburg Address carved on one wall, and the Second Inaugural Address carved on the other. Every time I am awed by the statue of Lincoln and search his eyes, his face, his whole being carved in stone. We still have a long way to go on the path to full equality. Just remember Florida last November, where, by random chance or malicious mischief, African Americans were turned away from voting by the thousands.

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