This year, the significance of Martin Luther King Day is obviously magnified by the historic event that will take place the very next day, when Barack Obama takes the oath of office to become the 44th president of the United States of America.
Between weekend worship services, pre-Inauguration rallies, and a plethora of special features in the media, there is no shortage of events, programs, and articles celebrating the life of Dr. King and the incredible rise of Barack Obama.
The Associated Press reports that the traditional King Sunday at African American churches gave way for what could’ve just as easily been called “Obama Sunday.”
While some are calling Obama’s election to the presidency the fulfillment of Dr. King’s “Dream,” the AP offerson how economic justice was also an integral part of Dr. King’s message, suggesting that continued inequalities in that area are proof that the Dream has not come to pass just yet.
Finally, in recognition of the trail blazed by Dr. King to make Barack Obama’s presidency possible, we offer a video remembrance of the civil rights leader’s great “I Have a Dream” speech at the 1963 March on Washington. On Tuesday, another historic event will take place in Washington, D.C., an event undeniably linked to what happened there 46 years earlier.