Anyone that has had the opportunity to either watch the Presidential Inauguration on NBC like I did, or to view it on an IPAD, or to be present for the swearing in, has undoubtedly asked him or herself, did we just complete the dream of Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

The question can easily be answered with a resounding yes since both of these great men looked forward to an all-inclusive America, which was captured in the diverse faces that attended the 2013 Presidential Inauguration some 150 years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, and 50 years after the march on Washington which was instrumental in getting us to where we are today.

Senator Charles Schumer said it best when he uttered the following words that accurately describe our country’s resolve and can do attitude. “Americans have always been and still are a practical, optimistic, and problem solving people.”  These few words describe how we went from being a nation of cruel plantation owners to a nation of proud Americans that freely celebrate Martin Luther King Day as a unified nation of men and women, and as a nation that’s moving forward despite its past transgressions.

It is fitting that the inauguration took place on the very same day that we are celebrating Martin Luther King Day as a national holiday because it proves once and for all that we can celebrate those that have contributed to our overall success as a unified nation while also cherishing those that are leading us forward.

President Barack Hussein Obama will lead us into the future and he will not allow those that want to claim 1776 for themselves and for their misguided purposes to divide us as a nation, and I believe that this is why he took the time to clearly define for us what 1776 really symbolizes because as he correctly stated 1776 gave us a republic.

Nathaniel Armstrong, Jr.

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