Awkward: Lawmakers hold hands, sing in civil rights commemoration

Awkward: Lawmakers hold hands, sing in civil rights commemoration

You don’t seem them like this very often.

Congress awarded (posthumously) the Congressional Gold Medal to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King on Tuesday, on the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  At the ceremony in the rotunda, Congressional leaders locked arms and hands, swaying and singing along with “We Shall Overcome.”  (Well, some of them were singing.  Boehner doesn’t seem to be anywhere near full warble.)

There are some things no one over 50 should try, and this is probably one of them.  In any ceremony honoring MLK, Jr., moreover, one’s thoughts stray inevitably to the general proposition of “the content of their character.”  What a different day 2014 feels like in that regard.

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval Intelligence officer who lives in Southern California, blogging as The Optimistic Conservative for domestic tranquility and world peace. Her articles have appeared at Hot Air, Commentary’s Contentions, Patheos, The Daily Caller, The Jewish Press, and The Weekly Standard.

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