Clay Aiken – Celebrating Civil Rights

Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. who was an influential American civil rights leader. King is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport, schools, and for racial equality in theUnited States.

One wall of the Martin Luther King Memorial

Today, in the United States, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. Martin Luther King was an important civil rights activist. He was a leader in the movement to end racial segregation in the United States. His most famous address was the “I Have a Dream” speech. He was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated in 1968.

The campaign calling for a federal holiday in honor of  King began soon after he was assassinated in 1968. Following the support from the musician Stevie Wonder with his single “Happy Birthday” and a petition with six million signatures, the bill became law in 1983 when Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law.  The holiday was first observed Jan. 20, 1986. It wasn’t until 2000 that it was officially observed in all 50 states.

Today is the Presidential Inauguration held in Washington DC.  The official theme for the 2013 inauguration is “Faith in America’s Future,” commemorating the United States’ perseverance and unity, marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome in 1863.

It will be a very busy day which will  include the Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony, Inaugural Address, Inaugural Parade and numerous inaugural balls and galas honoring Barack Obama as the elected President of theUnited States.

I love the city of Washington DC but I am glad that I can watch the ceremonies on my TV.  Somehow the idea of an extra million people in the city is overwhelming to me.

Someday, I hope that Clay Aiken will be asked to participate in the Inaugural Festivities.  He would be wonderful singing the National Anthem or singing at one of the Inaugural Balls.

 

Do you remember when Clay sang on the Capitol Mall in Washington DC?  It was beautiful!

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Comments

  1. I spent some wonderful days in DC this past year and I really LOVED that city. All because of Clay of course since the Gala was held there. I agree, I don't think I wanna be there today. I'll be working but I woudln't mind watching it on my tv at home. It's so cool to watch it and know exactly where they are because I've been there! Loved the videos….watched it live way back then!! I was so proud of him!

  2. Just gorgeous and sexy and still is! Those videos gave me the chills hearing Clay sing, what a guy, he sure has animal magnetism! I could listen to him all day.
    Thanks so much Musicfan and Deona xox.

  3. I was at NIP's Gala in DC this year as well. It was so exciting and such FUN! Today in DC will be equally exciting and fun, I'm sure, but I'll only be there glued to my TV. Thanks, musicfan, for today's terrific blog, particularly the video of Clay singing "God Bless the USA". You're a wonderkind!

  4. Yes, it would have been perfect today, if Clay sang at the inauguration today. I think it would have been so fitting for equal rights, to have him sing. It has been fun watching it on tv, since I was in Washington for the Gala as well. Toured around the city, and it's neat to see all the places we were. I would love to go back there.

  5. Well if Clay had sung today it would have been embarassing to Obama when a million people rushed up to Clay and left Obama and Biden all alone.at least Clays friend was there. sometimes we have to spread the wealth around.CANT WAIT TILL TUESDAY!!!

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