Sunday, January 20, 2008

MLK Day

While TV ads go on and on about how this is a weekend for shopping (look at all these sales!), I wanted to take a moment to remember why we have this three day weekend in the first place.

This was Dr. King's last speech. He was assassinated the next day. He was only 39, leaving behind a wife and four young children.

8 comments:

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

What an extraordinary orator and leader he was.

But the Promised Land still isn't here, sadly.

Thanks for the reminder.

Claudia said...

Wow. I didn't know this was his last speech. It's almost as if he knew.

bleeding espresso said...

Just saw Historians : MLK's complexity largely ignored on Msnbc.com. Interesting read.

bleeding espresso said...

Oh, and I'm so excited to have been matched up with you on the Writing Game! Woohoo!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

jen - you are welcome.

claudia - that is what I thought when I heard it for the first time.

bleeding espresso - thank you for the link. I had a chance to read it. It's so true.

I'm excited too. I hope I gave you enough to work with. This will be a good exercise for me. I haven't written anything all year.

Lisa said...

I just found your blog through Janie http://gettingalife-janie.blogspot.com/

I am enjoying reading your blog but I must admit that I am a bit envious. Your life sounds incredibly glamorous!

gibber said...

I just listened to this. Gives me chills. It is as if he knew he was going to be killed soon. So spooky. So sad. We've come so far, yet have so far to go. Alas, the affects (or is it effects?) of 400 years of oppression don't go away in 40 years...

Thx for posting. It's very easy to forget why we have the day off in the first place...

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

lisa - thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm not sure how "glamourous" my life will be when I'm crying in my Rome apartment because I can't speak Italian well enough to communicate with the utility companies. :)

gibber - I agree 40 years is not a long time.