We’ve seen a lot of magic moments in Washington, D.C. But there’s seldom been one as significant as the big event of this weekend.
A man who once led a march for justice on the Washington Mall – now has his own monument on the Washington Mall.
A civil rights leader who fought for the right of blacks to vote, to live in the same neighborhood and eat in the same restaurant – now takes his place alongside George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.
And the first monument to a black leader is dedicated by the first black president of the United States. Who was the first to acknowledge that he wouldn’t be in the White House today were it not for the courage, the vision, and the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr.
We still have a long way to go in overcoming overt or hidden racism in this country.
But this is a time for all Americans to celebrate: both the legacy of Martin Luther King and the progress we have made.
As Dr. King’s older sister said on Sunday: “King’s message is that great dreams can come true – and America is the place where you can make it happen.”
That’s my parting shot for today.