Speech at the Opening of Exhibit on the Emancipation Proclamation at The National Archives in Washington, D.C.

January 4, 1963


Washington, D.C.

In this generation we have seen an extraordinary change in America—a new surge of idealism in our life—a new and profound reality in our democratic order. Much has been done. But much more must be done, first because it is right, and because in making equal opportunity a reality for all Americans, we make it a certainty for each American.