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Thank you Dr. King
January 22, 2013 - Kristy MacKaben
In a prayer before dinner last night, Julie thanked "Dr. King". It was somewhat unexpected, but my heart soared with pride as she prayed to God for allowing Martin Luther King Jr. to make a difference. "Because 45 years ago things were going really bad for people with dark skin. And, Dr. King changed all that." I couldn't have said it better myself. I'm so thankful our children will understand the significance of King. His dream couldn't have been more evident than yesterday as we watched the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, I believe it is impossible to not be moved by the reality that our country has elected an African American president. Twice. That is truly awesome and amazing to me. On the birthday of one of the greatest men our country has known, Obama was sworn in for a second term. The first time wasn't a fluke. The American people have chosen him again. That to me is awe-inspiring. A half century ago some African Americans were unable to sit at the same lunch counter or attend the same schools or drink from the same water fountains as white people. How far we have come. Put aside your political divisions for just a moment and reflect on the symbolism. You don't have to love our president. But, you must appreciate the strides that have been made in this country. Thank you Dr. King for making it possible.
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