I thought today would be a great day to bring back a song that really sets the tone for yesterday, today and tomorrow only if we agree to act upon it and return to mankind the respect that each of them deserve. I was only 11 years old when I first had a chance to read the speech by Dr King to my class. It was powerful and moving at that age and today its inspiring.

The First Major City Welcomes in 2009

A stunning firework display in Auckland, New Zealand, marked the first passing of midnight in a major city at 11am British time.

It was preceded by Kiritimati, or Christmas Island, in the Pacific Ocean, the first inhabited place on Earth to celebrate the new year, which passed midnight at 10am British time.

"I sincerely hope that 2009 will be a year of peace and progress."

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