martin luther king
Let's start with former Minnesota governor and former wrestler, Jesse Ventura's take:
In probably all states of the Union, one Monday in mid January is set aside to publicly celebrate the life and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, jnr. This public holiday is meant to coincide with the birthday of the man who was christened Michael Luther King, and who later changed his first name to Martin. He was born on January 15th, 1929. He died on April 4th, 1968. He never saw his 40th birthday.
He sacrificed his life in a fight for freedom and equality for all humans (and not just for blacks only); by giving some of the most inspiring speeches ever, by any human anywhere. Before being assassinated, he had sacrificed time, money, brainpower, energy and anything else you could think about, in order to realize his dreams of justice and equality for all.
Today is Monday, 15th January, 2007. It is a public holiday. It’s the day that most states have set aside for the celebration of MARTIN LUTHER KING’S birthday; but it’s actually a day for celebrating the man’s life-accomplishments over his thirty-nine years on earth. MLK was born on January 15th, 1929, and by the time of his assassination on April 4th, 1968, he had -like many of the great humans who have walked among us- evolved into a person of civility, compassion, dedication, determination, decorum and humanity; amongst many of the qualities (or is it “virtues”) that single such people out.