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标题2015080801美国总统演讲 分类8 查看1172 上传12

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Hi, everybody.  The right to vote is one of the most fundamental rights of any democracy.  Yet for too long, too many of our fellow citizens were denied that right, simply because of the color of their skin.

Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson signed a law to change that.  The Voting Rights Act broke down legal barriers that stood between millions of African Americans and their constitutional right to cast a ballot.  It was, and still is, one of the greatest victories in our country’s struggle for civil rights.

But it didn’t happen overnight.  Countless men and women marched and organized, sat in and stood up, for our most basic rights.  For this they were called agitators and un-American, they were jailed and they were beaten.  Some were even killed.  But in the end, they reaffirmed the idea at the very heart of America: that people who love this country can change it.

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大家好!投票权是任何民主制度中最为基本的权利之一。长久以来,我们有太多的同胞仅仅因为肤色不同享受不到这一权利。

50年前的今天,林登·约翰逊总统签署法律改变了这一切。《投票权法案》打破了阻挡在无数非裔美国人与他们享有的宪法赋予的投票权利之间的法律障碍。这部法律的通过,在当时乃至现在都依然是我国民权斗争取得的最重大的胜利之一。

但罗马不是一天建成的。无数人走上街头,游行示威,奔走呼吁,为我们争取基本的权利。因此他们当时被称为煽动者和叛徒,他们被关押,遭毒打。有些人甚至惨遭杀害。但最终,他们的努力唤醒了美国最核心的精神:深爱这个国家的人们可以改变这个国家。

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