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This Martin Luther King Day marks the final week in the 8-year run of President Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House.

This cartoon was published in the Bethlehem Press in November 2008 just after Barack Obama was elected America’s first African-American President.

This was a great step for a people who started their journey to America as prisoners, then enslaved for generations. Even when they were freed at the end of the Civil War, generations of these long-suffering folk were under constant legal attack by “Jim Crow Laws” and physically attacked and brutalized by the KKK and their enablers. The “Civil Rights Laws” passed in the 1960s should have ended all that.

Despite this painful history, it reflected great honor on this country when whites joined people of color to support Barack Obama in his quest for the nation’s highest office. He got the job because he was qualified, not because of his skin color. This surely was a sign of real progress for the U.S.A.

Unfortunately, the 2016 election cycle has ripped open old wounds and as bridges burn down, walls are going up.

I hope and pray that “Make America Great Again” will not mean a journey back to the darker times, but a journey forward for ALL Americans. Good health and prosperity should not be just for a handful of the privileged few at the expense of the rest of us.

Folks like Frederick Douglass, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Barack Obama are leaders who should be remembered with respect. They, and others like them, earned it.

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