Monday, January 16, 2017

Why I am not celebrating MLK Day

By Jack Shaw

Today is national MLK Day honoring the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King.
President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983 and it was first observed in 1986.

Much Dr King's work took place in the 1960s. That means that Baby Boomers like myself have heard about Black Civil Rights and Dr. King for 50 years. MLK Day never should have become a national holiday.The only individuals to be honored this way were George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, both U.S. Presidents. Dr. King was not a U.S. president. The fact that no one has been honored this way since then should tell you something.

MLK should be honored for his work during the struggle for equal rights but there are thousands of Americans who have done important work or achieved milestones that have changed  our country and changed this country's way of life.Again, events surrounding MLK Day took place 50 years ago,
MLK Day is to be noted but it's ancient history and it's Monday and another work day for most people.

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