Monday, January 16, 2006

Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation.-Dr. Martin Luther King, "I See the Promised Land"

Thirty eight years ago, one bullet from one gun altered the course of American history, bring one man to his death and an already polarized nation to its knees. But, like a phoenix from the ashes, we would rise again. But no slug of lead was a match for his momentous crusade. The intervening years have seen things-both good and evil-that King and his contemporaries could never have envisioned. We can only hope that this march of progress will continue long after we, too, are gone, and that it will not be one of solitary martyrdom, but communion and hope.

Amidst even the most contrived displays of faith in this man and his deeds, emerges a nation far more united than we were in 1968. The very fact that racial equality has entered the public dialogue is an encouraging one. Still, racial fault lines persist. Here's to "The King"--because nothing is every black and white.


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