Historian Jon Meacham invoked the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Democratic National Convention Thursday, saying that “bending the arc of the moral universe” toward justice “requires all of us” — and a “president of the United States with empathy, grace, a big heart and an open mind.”
Meacham’s task during his address was to define “The Soul of America” — the title of his 2018 bestseller. He said the soul is “animated by the proposition that we are all created equal and by the imperative to ensure that we are treated equally.”
“This is a grave moment in America. A deadly virus is ravaging us. Our jobs are evaporating. Our democracy is under assault from an incumbent more interested in himself than he is the rest of us,” Meacham said.
Historian Jon Meacham: “We must decide whether we continue to be prisoners to the darkest of American forces or will we free ourselves to write a brighter, better, nobler story? That’s the issue of this election.” https://t.co/1owZh91S94 #DemConvention pic.twitter.com/yt3qPgd8GJ
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 21, 2020
“Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall”– #JonMeacham says these moments should define us. He tells us to open our hearts to the power of love. #MLK said love was the answer and Meacham says we can follow his guidance and unite to save our country and our democracy.#DemConvention
— Victoria Brownworth #SaveTheUSPS (@VABVOX) August 21, 2020
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) August 21, 2020