Today is the first time an African American president has been sworn in to office for a second term. It’s not as exciting as the first Inauguration Day in 2008, but it’s still a historically significant event.
It’s also special that it’s happening on the official celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, what would have been his 84th birthday. I recently watched and read King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. When I read the series of “let freedom ring” from all the different mountaintops, I was touched with the power of words. I was also reminded of Aretha Franklin’s powerful singing of “My Country Tis of Thee” at Obama’s first inauguration.