Reciting & Reflecting Upon the Pledge

In this video, I join my daughter to recite and reflect upon the Pledge of Allegiance. Written to teach children the values and aspirations for our country, the Pledge reminds adults as well that which is special about America. In my reflections on the words of the Pledge, I emphasize our shared community and future; our gift of power that is of, by, and for the people; our obligation to overcome the voices and forces of division; and our need to remain humble while also sustaining hope. I cite the lessons of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as those of Abraham Lincoln.

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