Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

I've gotten to enjoy historical holidays like Martin Luther King Day a lot more since I started blogging. There's really not much on TV or elsewhere that we haven't already seen before, but when you hit the blogfeeds on a day like today you can come up with some substance relevant to the occasion. Even blogs like this one, that don't get political beyond four-color commentary (though Kleefeld's managed to dig up two biographical comic books on Dr. King.) will have a few personal thoughts, or a link or a quote. Among the quoting and posting of "I Have a Dream" there's usually some stuff that you don't see in HS history class or that you don't remember. Last year was the first year I'd ever read "Letter from a Birmingham Jail", for example.

This year I found (through this blog) this 1996 article by Ronald Turner about the way the "I Have a Dream" speech gets misused to spread the idea that Dr. King was and claim that attempts to address racially-based injustice are acting against his legacy because they call attention to race.

3 comments:

  1. Hi. Thank you for visiting and for linking.

    Actually, on LOGO, from 8-10 p.m., there's a documentary re: Bayard Rustin, the openly gay civil rights activist who was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. And on BET, there's the HBO production, "Boycott", documenting the early days of Dr. King and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

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  2. I made a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day video that I think EVERYONE will enjoy. It’s really short, and should put a smile on your face.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=AtugYg42mmc

    Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day everybody

    David Spates

    http://www.youtube.com/davidspates

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  3. I've been impressed by the bloggers that acknowledged MLK Day. To be honest, it never occurred to me to write anything; I suppose I have shamefully fallen into the lump of chumps that few MLK Day as an day off from work to get outside work done. (hangs head)

    This music blog, like you, rose to the occasion and posted some great pics and commentary on MLK.

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