Sunday, April 04, 2010
Martin Luther King, 1/15/29 - 4/4/68
Although today is widely recognized as Easter Sunday, for many of us it is the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King and also of (one year earlier) his Beyond Vietnam speech. Many people believe there was a connection between these two events. King was clearly the most important political figure of the second half of the twentieth century. Despite the fact that when King was murdered he was only 39 years old we are still feeling the impact of his contributions. Without King, there would be no President Barack Obama and whatever you think of Obama the man, that moment at 11pm November 8, 2008, when NBC declared his election, was a watershed in American history. But it is up to us to continue the work he began. All one had to do was witness the racist and homophobic behavior of the anti-health care thugs both inside and outside of the Capitol, to realize there is still much to be done.