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None of us are perfect.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Malcolm X, Abraham Lincoln, Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir and Shirley Chisholm are remembered–revered, even–as great men and women.

We continually ignore their frailties as human beings. We know and remember their higher achievements, striven for on behalf of humanity with extraordinary courage, determination and ceaseless fortitude. They led by example, and symbolize forever what can be done if we try and never give up.

In gratitude and remembrance and out of respect for those and the countless others like them, let us make an unyielding effort to keep our eyes on the good we do and the positive deeds we can accomplish and achieve on behalf of humanity.

Angie Whitehurst, a native Washingtonian, has been a Street Sense vendor and an advocate for the homeless for the last three years.