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Today We Celebrate A Drum Major For Justice

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Today we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His memorial is being dedicated today.

As a child in the segregated south, I experienced first hand the injustices Dr. King spent his life trying to correct. As an adult, I share in the fruits of his labor as a graduate of great schools and as a member of the middle class who has friends and co-workers of every hue. I have a daughter who only knows about segregation because it is in her history book.

Being able to witness first hand the arc of history from Brown v. Board of Education to President Barack Obama in the White House is truly amazing. On a smaller scale, being able to witness the accomplishments of the people I write about on this web site who are direct beneficiaries of Dr. King’s work,  is a daily joy.

Today is a good, good day. Celebrate!

Martin — The Greatest Mediator

Martin's Dream, 74 x 87 inches, by O.V. brantley, 2002.

There are many reasons to revere and emulate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a great leader. He was a great orator. He was an amazing scholar and a caring husband and father. For me, however, I have come to revere him as the greatest mediator ever!

Now that so many years have passed since his death, history tends to gloss over the magnitude of the conflict he faced. When you set out to change a nation, not every one agrees on the best course. .

Many African Americans believed that violence was the best way. Many whites believed that no way was the best way. From these extreme view points, he forged a way forward to forgiveness, healing and justice.

There is much to celebrate on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He made us all better.

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