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Trump praises black community in video message

President Trump praised the African-American community and pledged to support its "march toward justice" during his weekly address on Saturday.

"I am very grateful for the many wonderful opportunities to honor African American heroes, faith leaders, entrepreneurs and the many others who changed the course of our Nation," the president said.

"We are blessed by the lives and examples of those who have made this Nation a beacon of freedom, talent, and unbreakable American spirit," he added.

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Trump highlighted his recent visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, calling it a "masterpiece."

"There’s a great quote by Muhammad Ali in the museum — 'I shook up the world,' he said. And that is what he did. So did leaders like Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King, and so many others," Trump said.

"They shook up the world for the better because they inspired our Nation to march toward justice and freedom for all. Today, and every day, I pledge to continue that march so that every American — no matter his background, no matter her background — has the chance to climb that great ladder of success," he added.

Trump also praised Ben Carson, his pick for the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, saying he believes Carson will do "a fantastic job" in his role.

"That’s what I am committed to doing also. I want every African-American child, family, and worker to have access to great schools, safe communities, and good-paying jobs. I want every disadvantaged child in America to have a choice about where they go to school — so important," Trump said.

The president also lauded the historically black colleges and universities around the the country, stating that they are often not "given the credit that they deserve."

"I also want to honor and promote the achievements of Historically Black Colleges and Universities throughout our Nation. They do a fantastic job. They are not given the credit that they deserve, and they are going to start getting that credit," he said.

Trump noted that he will revisit these issues during his address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.