If you’ve been reading my weekly thoughts over the past nine months, you probably have figured out I’m somewhat of a history nut. I’m not sure why but I am. I like learning details of historical events that weren’t really taught in school. However, I do have to admit that my Jr. High history teacher, Dennis Larson, was very good teaching “out of the box”. Perhaps that is where my curiosity started.
Over the next few days there are two major events that will take place: Martin Luther King Day and the Presidential Inauguration.
Did you know that “I have a dream” was not part of Martin Luther King’s original speech? (Neither did I). This article contains some back ground of Martin Luther King (born Michael King Jr): https://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-martin-luther-king-jr
Here are seven thing you may not know about the “I have a dream” speech:
If you want to share with a younger person, this video might be perfect:
Now, if you’re so inclined and would like a little theater in your life allow me to introduce you to The Karamu House located in Cleveland, Ohio. The Karamu House is the oldest, producing African-American theater in the nation. They are running a free presentation online this whole week to honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The tickets are free but you will have to register. Check it out here: http://karamuhouse.org/events/infinite-hope
Now let’s look at the history of the inauguration. As I typed that sentence and think about the events that have occurred the past couple of weeks, perhaps I just discovered what I like about history. History allows us to analyze events through a prism of time, without the raw emotions of having lived through certain events. I have stood on the beaches of Normandy on the 6th of June…2012. As I stood there solemnly, as we all did, I could only try to imagine the hell that occurred in that very spot 68 years earlier. Since I did not live it, I did not bear the emotion and pain others did on that same morning in 1944.
Looking at the history and photos of past inaugurations, one can’t help but think “oh if those folks had only known what was about to occur”. At Lincoln’s second inauguration he would be assassinated 42 days later; FDR would only serve 3 months of his last term. One thing I did learn I had not realized: when Washington put his hand on the bible and recited his oath beginning with “I solemnly swear…” it is the same oath every single President has taken since.
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