King’s legacy is one we can all be proud of

Published 7:44 am Tuesday, January 22, 2013

This past Monday we once again celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and it was doubly significant because it was also the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Regardless of how you feel about our president politically, it is still quite the historic achievement for a black American to be elected — and re-elected — as our nation’s president. King would have no doubt been proud of Monday’s events.

King’s legacy continues to live on today, and his words are ones that we can all be proud of, whether we are black, white, or any other color. After all, in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, King remarked that he hoped to one day live in a nation where his children “would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

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There are members of all races who even today seek to divide Americans based on their skin color. We must reject these prejudices and racist ideas, and instead work to foster a spirit of brotherhood and family among all Americans, regardless of their race or ethnicity.