He would have been 83 yesterday, but in order for Americans to get their three day weekend, the federal government officially honors the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the third Monday in January.
This year MLK is garnering more attention than usual. His long-delayed memorial in Washington was finally dedicated, just at about the same time the civil rights movement of the 21st Century -- Occupy -- was gearing up. The class war based on gross income inequality has entered the national political conversation. Civil rights are being sacrificed in the name of a trumped up War on Terror, War on Drugs, War on the 99% by the Oligarchy and the government duopoly.
Jonathan Turley has written a powerful op-ed called "10 Reasons Why America is No Longer the Land of the Free" in the Washington Post. Dr. King, you might recall, was hounded and spied upon by the government himself for his anti-war, pro-labor stance.
The Christian Science Monitor outlines how we can mark the day by making it a time set aside for service to others.
Chris Hedges marks the day by performing the public service of suing the president over the illegal and inhumane National Defense Authorization Act.
"How Fares the Dream?" asks Paul Krugman in a New York Times column. He writes "Goodbye Jim Crow, Hello Class System" -- to which I reply that Jim Crow is still lurking if we look all around us. (I copied my response-comment in the Comments below this post).
Finally, here is King's classic Letter from the Birmingham Jail:
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