Transcript for Elijah Cummings speaks at the 2004 Democratic National Convention: July 28, 2004
I am Elijah Cummings. The son a room and Robert Cummings. Who began their lives as sharecroppers. On the same land where the apple apparent. Once worked as slaves. They never lost their faith. In god. In themselves. Nor in that vision. That some day. America what they're down the wolf the injustice. And embrace them as full citizens. In search of a better life for their family. My parents moved from top Carolina. To a small polyps can stop all the bloc in 1944. They worked hard every day. They talked there's seven children. Yeah American vision. Of one nation. Under god. Indivisible. With liberty and justice ball. They do away. A labor union. To obtain fair wages. Health insurance. And the overtime pay that would allow them by their first Al. They may third. That there throat and attended school every day. And live to see all. Of a bureaucracy. Parents live. The American dream. The same me. That we. As Democrats. Have always work. Want to make possible all America. Tonight. I am tremendously on it. To stand before you. As the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Thirty. Denying. The race is women and men. Who many call the conscience. Of the congress of the United States. We collectively. Represent over 26. Million Americans. Of every background. Bay the distance and race. These Americans. Many of whom had made that fame turning as my parents. Expect me to Boston. Witness benefit. And difficult time. But never about me and paint I've nothing new to America. We are people. Out amended parents and unbelievable. Right. The Bible teaches that what god has not given up. That's good. But I'll look it up loud. And about how mom. Spirit appearance. Reason. I'm Sen and frank. We are doing everything in out ala. To protect our nation. We got the warning content. And those who protect us here at. And we are committed. To restoring America's standing in the world. We want not. Met NF Barrett up media. And we will be strong. And defending our freedom and I'll civil liberties. A special message. For anyone who might ride this deep bites but that voting Booth this CN. At this time I've got to do it all right. Bruins who are. Let me about boating. All about they win. Now today. And finally. We won't be boxing. Forward. On its three's roe. Towards universal civil rights. But my. Parents are not. The only threat that we face. But then the million Americans. The most imminent threat to them. Now back. To provide. Only now there below. Long time. And Colin Nazi gold that apparently about bad yeah. Probably at that date all about you don't. America. America can and will. Overcome all of these challenges. If we are wrong. And if we are unified. The found they think about playing. The bent on creating good jobs. And economic opportunity. Low. I'm national unity. The man's tax reforms. That truly reflect standard sacrifice. I'm Mason. On the eighth and that starts war. Then political slogans. And sound bites. We must continue. -- fight. But those issues that tots but that up people live every day. And that. And that if the thinner. And the over the leadership. That president. John Barry. And vice president John Edwards and ate them up. Well. They use and Dalembert. Beds. In is the most important. Even back. Pledge to America tonight. That we will take the knives. All Mason undocked. With their content. We want you back time now right president and John Edwards vice president and we will Mayo. We won't build a bridge. To an America that is wrong. Free and unified.
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