Martin Luther King Day

16 Jan

Monday,  January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King Day, aka Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Holidays are a great way to bring things to people’s attention. Especially when a day off is involved.

This one is a good day to think about civil rights; a good day to check and see if they’re all (still)  there.

Here’s how the Norwegian site Time&Date describes my American Holiday:

http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/martin-luther-king-day

We have to give TV some credit for bringing MLK and the civil rights movement to the attention of the country and building momentum.  Al-Jazeera,  (http://www.aljazeera.com/) , seems to be doing it now in Africa and the Mid-East. I wish I could say US TV could still do it today.  The TV networks appear to be as flexible as the old plantation owners.

Maybe WordPress is the next vehicle to disseminate information the way TV used to.

Roll Call Vote by the House, Feb. 10, 1964

Apparently, it took a lot of effort to get the 1964 Civil Rights Act installed.  Why does government have to be so complicated?  Is it politics?

Hindsight is 20-20.  With so many people talking out their backsides for so long, you’d think we would be living in a perfect world already.

Civil Rights seem obvious today.  So obvious we might take them for granted and assume they are always there, right where we left them. Right where someone can snatch them away when we’re not looking.

Maybe it’s a good idea to check in on them.  At least once a year.  Like today.

-nhd

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