He was a flawed and inspiring man. This is his day.

From the Houston Chronicle:

With the country now split by the bloody, open-ended struggle in Iraq and by the mistaken justification for going to war, it’s not hard to predict where King would stand on the matter.

Americans debate the revelation that their government is conducting warrantless surveillance of Americans inside the United States. King had plenty of experience on that score. He was relentlessly wiretapped and trailed by the FBI. Then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was convinced that King was a communist sympathizer.

Just as he stood with refuse workers in Memphis in the last days before an assassin’s bullet struck him down, King would championed the dispossessed evacuees of Hurricane Katrina, potent symbols of a race-based economic underclass that persists as a legacy of slavery and discrimination. The New Orleans nightmare that Katrina exposed indicates that the vision King enunciated in his “I Have a Dream” speech is not yet realized.

And from the Arizona Daily Star:

To fight discrimination we can listen to what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was telling us. Everyone is a person and has feeling; no one should be treated differently because of his or her race, religion, gender or anything else. All we can to do help prevent the act of discrimination is to not do it ourselves, and to discourage anyone else doing it. Also, if you have younger brothers or sisters, you can be a role model and have a discussion with them about discrimination and let them know that it is an extremely awful thing to do.

Here’s to this day…

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