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Reader's view: Inauguration celebrated lives of King and Lincoln

John Wilkes Booth, who shot and killed President Abraham Lincoln, once reportedly said his worst nightmare was an African-American becoming president of the United States. Well, that nightmare came true! You could now say John Wilkes Booth has be...

John Wilkes Booth, who shot and killed President Abraham Lincoln, once reportedly said his worst nightmare was an African-American becoming president of the United States. Well, that nightmare came true! You could now say John Wilkes Booth has been defeated twice.

President Barack Obama, the first African-American president, has started his second term.

President Lincoln ended slavery 140 years ago, but African-Americans were still being treated unfairly even after a century passed. Martin Luther King Jr. helped change that. His efforts got African-Americans equal rights and, finally, an African-American as president.

We remember Martin Luther King Jr. every year and honor him for what he did. This year, the inauguration ceremony for President Obama took place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. What a wonderful way to celebrate the courage and sacrifice of two great men, President Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr.

Shanze Hayee

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Duluth

The writer is in the fifth grade at Congdon Park Elementary School.

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