MLK Weekend

One of the things I love most about the USA is our willingness to honor revolutionaries and dissenters and freedom fighters as heroes. Indeed, it’s what many of our holidays are about, from celebrating the patriots of the Revolution on the 4th of July to venerating the organizers of our first unions on Labor Day. Even Thanksgiving, all its complicated history considered, is at least in part about recognizing the courage it takes to refuse a government the right to choose its people’s religion.

Given our national embrace of the rebel, it’s fitting that we would set aside an entire day for one man whose courage was as great or greater than any our country has ever seen, and it’s necessary, I think to remember his life and advocacy honestly, and to honor it by acknowledging that we still have a long way to go and continuing his fight for justice.

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