NEW YORK - Democratic heavyweights - from Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers to first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton - joined the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson here Wednesday to push for broader economic opportunity for minorities.

"If the challenge our country faced in the 20th century was the universalization of freedom" such as the expansion of voting, education, and other rights, Mr. Summers said, "the challenge we face in the 21st century is to make economic opportunity universal, to make access to capital universal. There is no greater challenge."

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