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Martin Luther King Jr. Day – no class

Jan 21, 2019

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day – no class

January 21

I have a dream that my…children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

In a speech addressing of hundreds of thousands at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. uttered those now iconic words.  He had a vision of a diverse America where all people would benefit from equality.   In his pursuit of peace, justice and civil rights, he took the high road and advocated change through non-violent means.  He called for an end to poverty and worked tirelessly to promote fairness in education, employment, and housing.   There has been progress, but there is still much work to be done.

Unfortunately, for the movement forward, there have been a few steps back. A United Nations report recently concluded that the extent of poverty and inequality in the US is “shockingly at odds with its immense wealth and its founding commitment to human rights.”  Segregation is worsening in American schools concluded a study by the US Government Accountability Office.  And even though it stated that “voting discrimination still exists; no one doubts that”,  the Supreme Court struck down previously protected voters’ rights.

In our current highly charged and polarized political climate, Dr. King’s message resonates as clearly today as it did some 50 years ago.

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January 21