Every now and then history delivers a poetic moment. So it is today, Monday, January 22, 2013. President Barack Obama is sworn in for a second term as the nation celebrates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This is a day well recorded for history buffs. The Emancipation Proclamation is 150 years old this year. It marks the freeing of slaves to the first African American President of the United States
King and Obama changed the course of American history for Black America. Their styles and approaches differ. King’s impact of 13 years of the Civil Rights Movement, what he called America’s third revolution is well documented for the societal changes it brought about. We still feel his impact today, as we watch Obama and prepare for the second administration of his presidency. What manner of men?
As we celebrate both occasions, I hope the King voice is heard loud and clear with all of its pronouncements. Dr. Otis Moss and Rev. Jesse Jackson were interviewed in a historical conversation by Phil Ponce and Sanita Jackson on Kings real birthday of Janaury 15th. The question to Moss, was what would Dr. King say to President Obama on his 84th birthday. The answer Moss said was, “the dream is in your hands.” How profound and appropriate.
I hope as Lincoln and King’s bibles are used in the swearing in, King’s life and words are remembered.