Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidential Inauguration

By - Hanna Perlstein Marcus
January 19, 2021

It is an auspicious week when Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Presidential Inauguration occur only two days apart. We should take note that Martin Luther King Jr. spent his life advocating for non-violence and human and civil rights. King’s words are often quoted but none ring more true now than, “The time is always right to do the right thing.” We know that the right thing now is to turn away from the violence and insurrection that has occurred on American soil and look forward to the prospect of a more peaceful time when we can heal the divisions that separate us. The inauguration of a new President allows us to open our hearts and minds to a new chapter in our nation’s history. However, it won’t succeed unless we all steer it in the direction of unity and understanding. No president, congress, or court can do it on their own. We need to make our voices ring in unison for mutual understanding and respect for one another. Let us all do the right thing.

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