Yesterday, we traveled to Montgomery, Alabama to have lunch with friends that live there. Our group included four children from Ethiopia and three from China. We could not help but marvel that our diverse families converged for lunch in an exclusive restaurant in the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement without fear or intimidation. Quite the contrary, we were welcomed with warmth, friendliness and enjoyed our lunch in peace. What perfect timing that this trip coincided with the birth of the man who led this important movement. Yes, we have a long way to go but we've also come a long way. I want to use this space today to thank Dr. King and all those that walked before him and with him. I pray we see Dr. King's dream realized where we judge a person not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
"... and I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I'm happy tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man." Martin Luther King Jr., Speech in Memphis, April 3, 1968, the day before King was assassinated