(Posted by Ray Madaghiele on January 21, 2013)
Today people of all faiths, color and creed stood together, prayed together, and broke bread together.
Today we celebrate Rev. Martin Luther King’s contribution to our society living the tenets of equality coined in our Declaration of Independence.
Today we celebrate the strides we are making as a nation to embody the principles so eloquently articulated in 1776.
Today, a mere 50 years after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his hopes in his “I Have a Dream” speech, our first African American (and Asian American) president was sworn into office to begin a second term as President of the United States of America—elected by a vote of the people.
Whether you voted, or didn’t vote, for this president is not the point. The point is how wonderfully our nation is evolving to embody the principles that our founding fathers so bravely declared.
Today President Obama began his acceptance speech…
“Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional — what makes us American — is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness’.”
On August 28, 1963, Rev. Martin Luther King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech where he shared similar hopes and a vision for our nation…
. . . I still have a dream.
It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of the former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
Today we celebrate a dream fulfilled.
Today we put aside our differences and celebrate our unity in diversity.
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# Rick Skoglund
Monday, January 21, 2013 7:18 PM
ERev. King was a man who had the love of God in his heart as David did in his desrie to build a Temple dedicated to the Lord of all. Or, as one scribe wrote “He was a man after God’s own heart”.
Interestingly, Rev. King was also a Republican.
# Chaplain Lori Elward
Monday, January 21, 2013 8:14 PM
Ray – this is a beautiful post. I had not yet heard the President’s Inauguration speech when I read it, and the quote from the speech brought me to tears. Thank you for the clear and touching reminder of what this day has meant!
Monday, January 21, 2013 9:51 PM
We have and need to have many good dreams. We have and need to have many Heros as well.
# Rev. Julianne K. Lewis
Monday, January 21, 2013 9:55 PM
From my talk Sunday, the 20th. . .
In the eleven-year period between 1957 and 1968, King traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times; and meanwhile he wrote five books; he was awarded five honorary degrees; was named Man of the Year by Time magazine in 1963; and then at the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize.
He was a man who took one step at a time…knowing he was on the earth plane to create a new way of looking at things…to make a difference!
We, too, need to clearly remember and recognize who we are at the spiritual core of our being and act from that place of love and strength.
Now we are co creative within Spirit and we, too can make a difference, be truly helpful1 .
Monday, January 21, 2013 10:39 PM
Diversity truly is something to be celebrated! Another thing to celebrate, regardless of how any of us voted, is that we truly have the civil freedom to elect our leaders. Great post Ray and nice job on the site. 🙂
# Christine Slomski
Sunday, January 27, 2013 9:56 PM
Wow, this is a great one. Thank you. Christine