Former President Barack Obama observed MLK Day by honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and urging his countrymen to perform acts of service.
On Twitter, Obama said that the only one with “a right to question whether our democracy was worth redeeming” was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The former president added that even though King was faced with grave challenges during his time, he did not give in to violence nor did he give up on America.
He accompanied his caption with an image of himself near the civil rights leader’s monument in DC.
Apart from honoring King, Obama also urged people to observed the values he exemplified “through service of our own.”
The former president also linked President-elect Joe Biden’s Inaugural Committee as it was organizing a national day of service. This serves as an integral part of inauguration week.
The committee has hosted around 2,500 across the country as part of this event. During the Obama administration, the former president and then-Vice President Biden volunteered in the community in observance of MLK Day.
This year, Biden and his wife, Jill, decided to go to Philadelphia and volunteer at a hunger-relief organization.
Meanwhile, outgoing President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence do not have any scheduled appearances on Monday. However, the White House did issue a proclamation last week regarding MLK Day.
Former President Obama’s remarks come almost two weeks after Trump supporters mobbed the U.S. Capitol building. The violent riot resulted in the death of five people and the arrest of at least 70 individuals.