Thursday, February 12, 2009

Have a good trip!

So, I have really been looking forward to hearing Hillary announce The 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Trip to India today. I feel really proud that the State Department is working on these kinds of humanitarian projects. It is a really great thing to watch and this may sound silly but it brings me hope for the future of our country. Seeing a room full of remarkable people including Martin Luther King III, Congressman John Lewis, Congressman Spencer Bachus and Mr. Herbie Hancock, honoring remarkable people like MLK Jr and Mahatma Gandhi is just inspiring. I'll be looking forward to hearing how their trip went. Hillary's remarks were, as expected, poignant and dignified. She did giggle a little when concurring with Herbie Hancock in saying jazz is not just about music. "Jazz is a pretty good guide to most things in life, and I can tell you, as Secretary of State, I’m improvising every single day." Here's a bit more of what she had to say:
"As we celebrate Black History Month here at home, the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s trip to India is a reminder that the struggle for civil rights and justice has always been and continues to be a global mission; it knows no borders. As Dr. King told us, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”"
I was also really moved by Representative John Lewis' statement about MLK Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi:
"The two men were not politicians or lawmakers. They were not presidents or popes. But they were inspired human beings who believed deeply in the power of nonviolent resistance to injustice as a tool for social change. Because of their courage, commitment, and vision, this nation has witnessed a nonviolent revolution under the rule of law, a revolution of values and ideas that have changed America forever. We are all a beneficiary of this powerful legacy."

1 comment:

Mahlers5th said...

Great to see/hear her in action! Thanks for the tape.

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