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nAz
01-16-2006, 09:11 AM
I feel most people think of this day like Veterans day, Memorial day, independence day to name a few, like they do most holidays just another day off from work.

Hope everyone is enjoys their Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and I hope everyone remembers this great American and his righteous(sp)cause.

The dream lives on

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day.

Date published: 1/16/2006

The dream lives on

20th Martin Luther King Jr. Day observed
TODAY IS Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which each year marks the birthday, actually Jan. 15, 1929, of the civil rights champion. It is only the 20th such observance, a reminder that the nation waited until 18 years after his death to give him the recognition he justly deserved.

The meaning of such holidays evolves over time, but for those of us who remember the tumultuous early years of the civil rights movement, Dr. King's legacy remains clear. Nonviolent activism is the constructive way to make a point; if the authorities use violent means in response, they are viewed by history as the aggressors.

This is the first King Day observance since the death of Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus in 1955 personified the virtue of peaceful protest and gave rise to the civil rights movement. So it is appropriate today to recall not just a man, but a movement joined by many, including James Farmer, the late Mary Washington College professor and founder of the Congress of Racial Equality. His Freedom Rides across the South in the early 1960s epitomized the use of non-violent tactics to fight racial discrimination.

But Dr. King's legacy goes still further. As columnist Leonard Pitts points out today on this page, the civil rights leader understood that the lot of black Americans did not rest solely with their race, but in their economic status. The plight of being poor crosses racial boundaries. The fight for equality should be in the name of everyone who suffers economic hardship, Dr. King urged, no matter their color.

In that sense Martin Luther King Day will always be an observance of Dr. King's dream for a homogeneous American society, a dream captured in a speech which he delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963. The final paragraph:

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

Inclusiveness is what he wanted, and inclusive is what we should be.