On MLK 2011

With Martin Luther King Day upon us, this is a good day to step away from the frivolity of my Monday posts. Thanks to Dr. King and many others, the 1960s were a time of civil rights gains. I was in my youth during the 60s, yet the more time moves forward, the more I realize about the gains since those days. In addition, as I get older, I also realize how much more society has to travel to implement true equality.

To those who did not live the turbulent 60s, I hope you remember that everything has a history. It’s the knowledge of history that helps us understand where we are in relationship to where we have been – and that view is necessary to understand the journey ahead.

As my years moved forward, I also realize importance of Dr. King using a message of peace to gain dignity for many. The 1960s were volatile times – especially 1968, which many consider one of the most turbulent years in American history. Even with the pathetic vitriolic behavior within today’s politics, 2010 and the small bit of 2011 are not even close to the tenor of 1968.

On the other hand, in the spirit of Martin Luther King Day and the words and work that Dr. King gave society, enjoy this short, well-done music tribute.