Monday, January 19, 2009

In Celebration of Today and Tomorrow

I had a post all planned for today about my weekend, but then I realized what today is, so I will postpone the weekend post for a couple of days.

Today we celebrated the life of a great man. A man who stood for equality. A man who stood for peace.

It seems only fitting that Barack Hussein Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America the day after the country paused to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have no true memories of Dr. King. I was not yet 1 when he was murdered in Memphis. I can not imagine the horror, for the country, for the world, for his family. But I know that he was a great man. I know that he was a strong man. I know that he was an honest man.

And while electing an African-American man to be President is not the end of the hate. It is not the end of racism, of bigotry, but it is an enormous step in the right direction.

I only wish that Dr. King were still here to enjoy how far we've come.

And to help us see how far we all still have to go.


Pete Bogs said...

it's our last night in Bushland... can you believe it?

I was in my mother's belly when King was shot... but I've come to know him as a great man... wish I got off for his b'day!

part II of the blog I started on Election Day is up tomorrow, FYI, complete with visual aids...

take care...

ModernMommy said...

Yes. An enormous step in the right direction.
I am sure Dr. King is smiling from heaven today.