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Resurgent Racism Makes MLK Day More Poignant - The Vindicator

Today’s national holiday rises as more than a day off work to honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the titan of the modern civil-rights movement in the United States.

Like many other American holidays, it is also a time to reflect on, appreciate and recommit to a set of singularly American attributes that holidays represent. It is not unlike the Fourth of July, when U.S. citizens of all backgrounds take time to relish the freedoms and liberties we continue to enjoy. It is not unlike Memorial Day, when we recognize and honor the American attributes of selflessness and sacrifice for a higher cause. Nor is it unlike Thanksgiving Day, when we celebrate that quintessentially American trait of compassion and thankfulness for the bounties for which we have been blessed. On today’s holiday, the 33rd official national observance of MLK Day, all should take time to reflect not only on the man but on his noble ideals of tolerance, diversity, acceptance and community building. Today those principles have seeped into the daily mindset of most – but not all – American citizens. This holiday also is a day to act on those ideals in both our words and deeds. To read the full story from The Vindicator, click here.