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

January 4, 1963


Washington, D.C.

We have had a great deal of talk in this country in the past one hundred years about equality. Deeds, not talk, are what is needed. It is only relatively recently that we as a nation have again gathered our strength, our will, and our determination to act boldly and vigorously to lift from all our citizens the degrading burdens of intolerance, bigotry, and discrimination.