MLK Day

I can’t recall if I’ve posted about this before, but here goes.

The schools where I live all have off today. They call it a “teacher in-service day”, though, even though it’s Martin Luther King day. As a father of an African American son, I find this a bit of a slap in the face. I wonder, honestly, why they can’t just call it what it is, and give it the same name the banks and Post Office do.

The answer I have gotten from some is that they don’t think King should have had a holiday because he was so deeply flawed. Yes, he was. Have you read any decent biography of Thomas Jefferson lately? What an incredibly flawed individual, and yet we still leave him on the nickel and the 2-dollar bill.

Dr. King, we remember your dream… and we still dream that dream with you.

Sleep, sleep tonight…
And may your dreams… be realized…

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2 thoughts on “MLK Day

  1. Julie Holm says:

    EVERYONE is deeply flawed. Augustine was, Peter in the bible was deeply, deeply flawed. WE are deeply flawed. We need to get over expecting people to be perfect. King transformed our society. No he didn’t do it alone, but he was the focus, the point person, the articulation, and eventually was killed. Funny how many white people see his flaws (but not their own) and how many people of color (African Americans and others) see his promise (and recognize their own flaws.) We celebrated yesterday at our church, letting excerpts from King’s speeches and letters, and mostly sermons, take the place of our sermon. I like that the holiday is becoming a weekend-long event, with a day of service on Saturday, people celebrating in church on Sunday, and the holiday on Monday. Which, yeah, I have to work, as I am also in PA now. Question – since it is an in-service day, does that mean the kids have off but the teachers need to be in school?

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