Obama pays tribute to female civil rights leaders

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is paying tribute to the women of the civil rights movement.

Obama says black women are the ones who strategized boycotts and organized marches.

He calls them “the thinkers and the doers” who made things happen if even the male leaders who were the public face of the movement wouldn’t let them run civil rights organizations on paper.

Obama also invoked his wife, Michelle, in talking about challenges facing black women.

Obama commented Saturday while delivering the keynote address at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual awards dinner in Washington.

Among those in the audience was Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Obama says he will work with Congress and CBC members in the coming months on legislation to address what he says are unjust sentencing laws.


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