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Monday, January 21, 2008

Martin Luther King is Not a Day, But a Viewpoint

Much is being said about the forgotten Martin Luther King. We remember "I Have a Dream," and forget that he made other speeches, wrote letters, and stood up for more than racial equality.

Read Martin Luther King's Letter from the Birmingham Jail. What he said then matters now.

King was political. He was an organizer. A debater. No one talks about what political party he was in, or gets strung out that he mixed religion and politics so thickly that one and other became one. Strangely, he has much in common with George Bush, as far as that's concerned.

Hillary Clinton, hardly a spokesperson for anything religious, like all the major candidates, agrees with King, but, thanks to King, she does not need get caught in the kind of racial politics King was responding to.

We have much to learn, and more to grow, but King gave us something to work with.

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