Martin Luther King Day!

United States
January 19, 2009 3:09pm CST
What does the day, or Dr. King, mean to you and to the U.S.?
5 responses
@jarnold51 (124)
• United States
19 Jan 09
I am 57 years old and grew up in the south. I remember when I was a child. There were separate drinking fountains for "colored". There were signs everywhere "white only". I believe that only through the leadership of MLK and what he did that we will be celebrating the inauguration of an African American president tomorrow. MLK brought about the change that makes tomorrow's inauguration possible. When I was almost 13, I had the honor of meeting MLK. At the time, my dad said he was a "rabble-rouser" and "trouble maker". My parents were not bigots but they were white southerners. Now I look back and see that I had the privilege of shaking the hand of one of the greatest men of the 20th century.
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• United States
20 Jan 09
What a privilege, jarnold51, I am now sixty and from south Texas. I know the signs you mentioned all too well. And I think your analysis is correct. His non-violent approach was so different from the true rabble rousers and trouble makes, on both sides of the issue. I can see no motive for his activism except noble ones.
20 Jan 09
Wow, that is a privilege! In all honesty, he is in my list of the top 5 people I would like to meet, including Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, plus a few others, namely actors lol.
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• United States
20 Jan 09
most of the folks I would like to meet are sports stars.
@baileycows (3670)
• United States
19 Jan 09
It means our mail doesnt run and our kids are out of school. To bad I don't get a paid vacation as well. That is honestly all I think of this day.
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• United States
19 Jan 09
I would guess that is the sentiment of a huge portion of the country.
• United States
20 Jan 09
What it means is that sad as your statement was, you are free to make it. If people in our Country don't start caring about something, we will all know what it feels like to be a slave since we owe China more money currently than what were worth. We had better start giving a dam about something collectively or we'll be nothing individually. Happy Martin Luther King Day!
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• United States
20 Jan 09
so your perception is that many of us only care about self?
19 Jan 09
To me, Martin Luther King represents equality and the freedom, of speech, of activity and of legislation. He reformed American semitism for ever, and moved America from the story of the old African lady on the bus, who refused to give up her seat to a white man, and was arrested for it, to the eventual election of the first ever Black President of the United States. I am British, and what MLK did changed the world forever, not just America
• United States
19 Jan 09
Thank you for the heartfelt response. I believe the world is a better place because of the actions and the life of Dr. King.
20 Jan 09
Why thank you!
• United States
23 Jan 09
It seems like a lot of small-town Southerners take offense to this holiday and are quick to tell you that it's actually Robert E. Lee's birthday. Seriously, I saw, on a government institution, a sign that said they would be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday and Robert E. Lee's birthday. Living in the South is like living in another country sometimes. Happy MyLotting!
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• United States
23 Jan 09
I live in the South, have for 60 years, and I have never heard of or seen a Robert E. Lee Birthday celebration. Are you in Virginia?
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
19 Jan 09
It means we live in a nation that recognizes the achievement of the races that compose our nation, not just that of the caucasian race. The celebration celebrates more than just one man's achievement; it celebrates hope for the future, the future for all citizens, regardless of color or ethnicity.
• United States
20 Jan 09
I love to see the hope and joy on the faces of the older black people with whom I am acquainted!