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Jan 16 2012

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

America honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King the third Monday in January.  Dr. King was a powerful orator and a leader in the battle for civil rights.  His speeches contain some of the most often quoted lines in American history, and most of us have our personal favorites. 

My favorite quote is from his "I have a Dream" speech, but not the quote that most people use when talking about that speech in 1963.  I like to read the power of the words "From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring. From the mighty mountains of New York, let freedom ring. From the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania, let freedom ring."

Years after his death in 1968, Dr. King remains the most widely known African American leader of his era.  His life and work have been honored with a national holiday, schools and public buildings named after him, and a memorial on Independence Mall in Washington D.C.  But I think he would want to be remembered most as a good and honorable man, who saw wrong and tried to right it.  What are your memories of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?  Leave me a comment on my website.


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