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Inauguration 2009 January 22, 2009

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We Are One

This inauguration has been about connecting-connecting with family, fellow Obama supporters, and complete strangers.  I kicked off my inauguration week by attending the “We Are One” concert on Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial.  I arrived at the memorial shortly after 8am, and made my way as far to the front as possible.  Unfortunately I neglected to bring a blanket or something to sit on.  The ground was freezing, but in the spirit of truly becoming one a group of Georgetown students offered me a space on their blanket.We Are One Concert

There I met Jeff, a Georgetown freshman from California.  He was the most vocal of the group and mainly came to see Bruce Springsteen.  Jeff took every opportunity to yell “Bruce” throughout the day.  I also meet another Georgetown student, Rob, who I discovered was from New Orleans and born in the same hospital as me.  Will, an older gentleman, once lived in the same city as I do now.  He called his cousin, Sarah, was visiting from New York to come to the concert.  Sarah was able to join us just in time for the start.

The Bidens walked down the steps of the memorial to thunderous applause.  Next came Michelle & Barack, and the crowd went crazy.  Some of the highlight performances include Mary J. Blige singing “Lean on Me,” and U2’s “In the Name of Love.” The most memorable performance was Grath Brooks’ rendition of “American Pie” and “Shout,” where the entire crowd participated.

A Day OnFeeding American concert

On Monday I spent the morning in downtown DC at the Martin Luther King Library helping with the We Feed Our People event.  This is the twenty-second year the organization has held an outdoor soup kitchen to feed the homeless.  Here I met Beverly, who was from Atlanta.  She got right to work and jumped in wherever there was a need.  After setting up the food for the serving line we were treated to a concert sponsored by Feeding America.  The concert was hosted by David Arquette, and featured speeches by Ben Affleck and Martin Luther King III.  The performers were Josh Groban joined by Herbie Hancock on a jazzy rendition of “Imagine.”

During the concert I met Crystal, who is originally from Philly, but she currently lives in Boston.  I lived in Cambridge, MA for seven years so I was pretty excited.  We talked about what it meant to be in the city for inauguration, our HBCU college experience, and what the future of the country would be with a new administration.  Later on I met Kathleen, who is from New Orleans and currently lives in North Carolina.  It was amazing just meeting people who traveled to be here for this historic event.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. – Selected Quotes January 19, 2009

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The following are Martin Luther King quotes on various subjects.mlk

Justice

Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice.  Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.
–from Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?

Faith

Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

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Xtra, Xtra: MLK January 18, 2009

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Here you can find additional information about Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Ray Charles “Abraham, Martin, and John”

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 15, 2009

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Martin Luther King was born as Michael Luther King (later changed) on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.  King entered  Morehouse College at the age of 15, and went on receive his B.A. in sociology in 1948.  King then entered Crozer Theological Seminary, and in 1951 received a B.A. in Divinity.  In the fall of 1951, King began studying for a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Boston University, where he completed studies in 1955.  While in Boston King met Coretta Scott, who was studying concert singing at the New England Conservatory of Music.  The two married in 1953 and had four children.

Rev. King, who was ordained at the age of nineteen at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, following in the footsteps of his father who was then senior pastor. In 1954 King accepted the role of senior pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.   The modern civil rights movement was sparked in 1955 by Rosa Park’s refusal to give up her seat to a white patron on a segregated public bus.  Rev. King, as president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, helped lead the 381-day long Montgomery Bus Boycott through Gandhi inspired nonviolent protest.  As the movement spread to other American cities, King helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech.

“In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check.  When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” ~ Martin Luther King

In April 1968, Rev. King was in Memphis, Tennessee supporting the “Poor People’s Campaign.” On April 4th, Dr. King was tragically gunned down by an assassin’s bullet as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.  The nation and world mourned as Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was laid to rest on April 9, 1968 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

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Stevie Wonder’s tribute to Dr. King on the designation of his birthday as a federal holiday

Sources: The King Center; The Nobel Foundation; USConstitution.net

Coming Up: MLK January 14, 2009

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Tomorrow is Martin Luther King’s birthday, and in honor of that I’ll be dedicating a few days to his life and legacy.  Stay tuned!

One of my action points for this year is community service.  What better way to start the year off right and continue Dr. King’s legacy of service than volunteering?  www.MLKday.gov and www.usaservice.org are excellent resources for finding opportunities in your area.

“Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.

“When you chose to serve–whether it’s your nation, your community or simply your neighborhood–you are connected to that fundamental American ideal that we want life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness not just for ourselves, but for all Americans.  That’s why it’s called the American dream.”
–Barack Obama