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On this day, the stories of 2 historic figures converge

Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

Today in Washington, D.C., Barack Obama will be sworn in as president of the United States for the second time. Also today, we honor the nation’s most influential advocate of civil rights, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Barack Obama
Barack Obama

The convergence of these two events is noteworthy. The first likely would not be taking place if it were not for the work of the other man. And so, we think it appropriate that we let the president’s own words pay tribute to King. They were spoken in October 2011 at the dedication of the King Memorial on the National Mall.
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