Monday, January 19, 2009

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King Day this year clearly took on an extra deeper meaning with the inauguration of President Barack Obama one day later, and on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. Kings immortal I Have A Dream speech was given in 1963 hundreds of thousands of citizens turned up on a blisteringly cold day for the free public concert celebrating President Obama, with performances by Bruce Springsteen, U2 and numerous other acts.

These pictures were taken last summer at the Lincoln Memorial while the weather was MUCH better. But the Devil Dog salutes Dr. King and the unmistakable fulfillment of one aspect of his dream.  It is forgotten now that Dr. King was only 38 when he was assassinated. Sometimes its hard to remember how far we have come as a country since that turbulent year.  1968 saw riots, revolution, and the murder of Robert Kennedy, a raging war in Vietnam, and a youth culture on the ascendency.  It has been a seminal achievement in this election year that it seems like the possibilities of the future we envisioned in 1968 have finally found root in our new President.

I certainly hope so. 

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