Video Du Jour: Richie Havens

It’s an important today in America: not only is it Martin Luther King Jr. Day, celebrating the life and achievements of the civil rights leader, it’s also the ceremonial inauguration of President Barack Obama.

People in this country disagree about a lot of things, including President Obama. That comes with the territory, which is freedom. Freedom to speak your mind, freedom to make the choices you want to make, freedom to disagree with just about anyone if you wish. We cherish our freedom, and we are proud of it.

Sometimes we take it too far, and use our freedom to intrude upon other people’s freedom. Today’s inauguration will just underscore what we already know: we have to keep working at it, maybe one day we’ll get this freedom thing right.

Today is also Richie Havens’ birthday, so let’s share an appropriate song that Richie played a long time ago. It’s a little short on meaningful lyrics but long on feeling.

 

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