For African Americans, Barack Obama's second inauguration was already a historic event. But the ceremony's celebration on Martin Luther King Day took on even further significance for the black community.
One other aspect of the day that incited much debate was the president's use of Dr. Martin Luther King's bible as he was sworn in for his second term.
While Obama called the opportunity a privilege, Dr. Cornel West criticized his use of the icon's property.
“All of the blood, sweat and tears that went into producing a Martin Luther King, Jr. generated a brother of such high decency and dignity that you don’t use his prophetic fire for a moment of presidential pageantry without understanding the challenge he represents to all of those in power regardless of what color they are," West said.
Dr. West's longtime criticism of the president has been an ongoing conversation in the black community, with some supporting and others condemning the Princeton professor.
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