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Monday, January 21, 2013

Inspired! Reflective! Motivated!

 

Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Second Inauguration of the first African American President of the United States of America.

It is so inspiring to see the vision, the hope, and the dream of a man who took his last breath almost 45 years ago come to fruition with the second election of President Barack H. Obama.

 

When I look into the eyes of my two beautiful daughters and tell them that they can be anything in this world, I am beyond fortunate to mean it and believe it more than when my parents said it to me twenty something years ago. We, as a country, still have work to do; but the words of the dream that "one day they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character," are ringing with a concise truth that reverberates in every part of my soul!
 Regardless of where you stand politically, take a moment to reflect on the growth of our country and its people. Reflect on how far we have come! Reflect on the dream of love, hope, change, and peace. Reflect on the privileges that are afforded to all due to the tireless fight of those before.

There was a point in our American history where many were disenfranchised due to their economic status, gender, and race. This moment isn't just for African Americans, but it is for a young girl watching, telling her mother that she wants to be President and not settle for being First Lady. This is for a son of poor immigrants who will witness this moment and aspire to beat the odds. This is for the rest of the world, to show that when we say "All men are created equal," we mean it!

I'm proud to be an American!!






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