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Monday, January 17, 2005

Martin Luther King Day 

I heard some good stuff on NPR this morning about the Civil Rights Movement. It's a period (in fact, a continuing and continuous struggle) in our nation's history--indeed, in human history--that every man, woman and child should study. In that vein, here is a link to a speech Dr. King made the day before he was assassinated. Read it, study it, listen to it. Read it and recognize why we use this man's birthday as a day to reflect upon the entire Civil Rights Movement. Read it and understand what rhetoric can mean; what force words can have; what it means to be unrelenting in the pursuit of justice; what it means to have courage in the face of barbarians and thugs.

ADDENDUM: And speaking of Memphis and April, 1968, I implore all of you to visit Memphis and the Civil Rights Museum that is at the site of the Lorraine Motel. A tremendously powerful place.
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