Today, 21 January, 2013 is a uniquely special day here in the USA:
The third Monday in January is the day we celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr Martin Luther King. and all of his contributions to the quest for peace, tolerance, and cultural and ethnic freedom.
Today, this particular third Monday, January 21, also happens to be our Presidential Inauguration Day. The official Inauguration Day is January 20th. However, as that date falls on a Sunday this year, the public swearing-in ceremony will be held today, Monday, January 21, 2013.
The fact that this wll be the swearing-in for a second term, of The United States' very first African-American President, and that it is combined this year with Dr King's Day, is of very particular note. It is a point that brings happiness and pride to many, including myself. The American people have convinced me - twice now - that, in this country, there still exists a vast number of kind, sincere, and level-headed people who want to help others, and who believe in freedom and tolerance. This, despite the increased polarization that is occurng in this country these days.
But, make no mistake, there are also those who regard this day as a dark day. A day for bitterness and hatred. There are those who look upon this day with despicable intent. They who carry the torch of hatred and wield the sword of bitterness. Instead of working with others, they make every possible effort to destroy things that others have accomplished.
Our only hope - those of us who care - is to perservere and do what we know in our heart is the right thing to do: Strive for understanding, Embrace cultural differences, Push every day to make sure that everyone receives fair and equal treatment. These ideas are what this country was based upon and they are the things that make freedom loving people all around the world, look to The United States as a model for freedom, tolerance, and equality.
I would like to say two things now: Happy Inauguration Day, Mr President!! - God Bless you and Thank you, Dr King.
** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"
- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)
- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.
::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"; Earth Wind and Fire