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Remembering Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr,

“It really boils down to this,” King said, “that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

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Remembering Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr,

“It really boils down to this,” King said, “that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Celebrate this holiday meaningfully.
I have no idea what that means but happy MLK day.
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I have no idea what that means but happy MLK day.
All life is interconnected. Is that so hard to understand? This is also a National Day of Service.

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Maybe he should have just said what you said. Works better for me.
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Remembering Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr,

“It really boils down to this,” King said, “that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Celebrate this holiday meaningfully.
A National Holiday for the man who followed the Ghandi philosophy of non-violent confrontation with racist authorities in order to crumble the ugly, underpinning of American society? Was a great idea, he is the only American who actually has a National Holiday named after him. The irony is that he advocated non-violence and died a violent death. His "I Have A Dream Speech" is the second most famous oration in American history (and greatly misunderstood). That America has come full circle in electing an African-American to the Presidency in 2008 and 2012, is something Dr. King never would have imagine possible. Dr. King' bible will be used in the public ceremony today, quite fitting........Stan
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A National Holiday for the man who followed the Ghandi philosophy of non-violent confrontation with racist authorities in order to crumble the ugly, underpinning of American society? Was a great idea, he is the only American who actually has a National Holiday named after him. The irony is that he advocated non-violence and died a violent death. His "I Have A Dream Speech" is the second most famous oration in American history (and greatly misunderstood). That America has come full circle in electing an African-American to the Presidency in 2008 and 2012, is something Dr. King never would have imagine possible. Dr. King' bible will be used in the public ceremony today, quite fitting........Stan
Yes, King and Gandhi both died a violent death. Your point?
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Since when does asking a question for clarification equal "mad"?
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Yes, King and Gandhi both died a violent death. Your point?
The thread title is simply MLK Day, and I posted comments regarding that, no particular point, except that it is fitting America made it a National Holiday in his honor.

Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" remains for most American historians as the finest political oration ever made by an American politician. King's "I Have A Dream" speech, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, was very powerful, with his emphasis on the "now" theme. People remember the "I Have A Dream Today" and forget the fierce emphasis he made that day on the "Now" theme. Now was the time for change; Now there was no going back; Now the African-America population had to move forward; Now the government had to take action. That is why I posted the speech usually is misunderstood.

The majority of that vast crowd on the Federal Mall that day in 1963 were people who went to Washington via bus, who had suffered jail, beatings, rapes, some recently released from jail. It was an active - committed crowd, and King understood his audience, unlike most whites who witnessed the speech. We admired it, but didn't particularly understand the audience he was speaking to and what they had gone through to get there.

Although television showed us the violent confrontation in the Deep South, with the bull sheriff's letting police dogs loose on civil rights activists, police using nightsticks, fire department water canons, and even as the FBI slowly began to investigate the deaths of the Freedom Riders, white college students from the North, joining Black civil right's activists from the South to integrate things like Woolworth lunch counters, water fountains, stores, rest rooms, gas stations, et al. Those were the people on the mall that day, King understood them perfectly and spoke to them eloquently.

Why do I have to make a specific point to underscore my admiration for the country that honored Dr. King's memory today, and with a National Holiday in his honor? Does everything posted in here require vast, historical and political explanation? I was in high school, remember watching the speech on B/W television, was a young idealist at the time (like most young people are), politically immature, but did admire the sentiment Dr. King delivered. It was only later in my life, as I learned the historical background of the Civil Right's movement, that I began to understand how misunderstood that particular speech, as excellent as it was, was........Stan
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I thought you were making some point that both were assassinated.

Since both Gandhi and MLK, proponents of non-violence were killed by gun men, it shows the contrast between their enlightened intentions and gun fanatics.
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