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MLK Day


Remembering Martin Luther King on his Day. Remarkable man. 

This video is of King speaking in Montgomery, Alabama in March 1965. It reminds us of one of his great talents: his oration. Such poetry in his powerful words, such passion, and made all the more important because he was backed by a real struggle. Note how the lyrics of the Battle Hymn of the Republic takes on new meaning in the context of the civil rights struggle.

I just wish the U.S. would stop being wishy-washy and make MLK Day a real national holiday, instead of the half-baked "take off if you want" approach. At worst, it is now seen as a "black holiday" that black workers take off because of their particular identity, just like Jewish workers take off during the Jewish holidays. MLK was a universalist, and as such should be celebrated by all.

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