Published on January 21st, 2013 | by dpalmer2
America’s Cultural Diversity
America’s Cultural Diversity Highlights Barack Obama’s 2nd Inauguration
by Tony Graham
White House photo by Peter Griffin
On January 21, 2013, the day that our country celebrates the great works of the civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, took the “Oath of Office” for his 2nd term in front of the American people. Though his speech lacked a litany of specific references, Obama did make sure his 2nd term served as tribute to the strides made for equality by this nation as well as the opportunity we have to move forward together as a nation.
Whether it be him referring to “Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall”, all key battlegrounds for American Freedom in his inaugural address, his inaugural motorcade reverently passed by Freedom Plaza, where Dr. King authored his “I Have a Dream” speech en route to take his oath and speak to the country and world, the featuring of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir where various cultures and ethnicity are obviously apparent, or having two Latinos, Rev. Luis Leon and Supreme Justice Sonia Sotomayor, deliver the benediction, and Vice President’s “Oath of Office” respectively, we cannot ignore the symbolism of this historic event. There were many symbols orchestrated for this day, but, it is hard to argue that they all hold on to the premise that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL men (and women) are created equal”; all on a day honoring the birth of a little boy from Atlanta, GA, who just simply had a dream, the elevation of all people to be part of this “American Promise”.
The legacy of this President has yet to be determined, but it will be certain, that his place in history will be a spotlight on America’s greatest asset, people of diverse backgrounds working to make one nation great. Simply elevating a nation….Simply.