"History shapes and molds our perceptions of our past, present and future; it informs and builds a narrative: it provides lessons applicable to today's reality."
Many here say the federal government should, as it did in the South in the1950's, send in the federal troops. Let it be Indian troops.
The death toll is estimated at perhaps as many as 750,000, out of a total U.S. population of only 30 million at the time.
"My 12-year-old cousin Tamir Rice was tragically shot to death by Cleveland police on November 22, 2014."
"We had not seen this kind of excessive police force used against protestors since the civil rights movement of the 1960's"
The meeting's theme was "Support City Officials Who Fight for Equality, a Living Wage and Against Racism."
"One thing about Chuy Garcia is that he will stand for what is right and he will stand for unity, he has done it when it was not an easy thing to do."
What do you get when you mix Motown music and activism? Answer: The St. Louis Workers' Education Society.
"What a glorious task we are given," said Obama. "We know the march is not yet over, the race not yet won. Change depends on what we do."
America's racial history "still casts its long shadow upon us," Obama said Saturday as he stood in solidarity and remembrance with civil rights activists.