Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination. 40 years.
I was yet to be born when he left us and although I’ve heard the speeches & seen the footage of the marches, I still can’t fathom what it was like to be alive and in the struggle during that time.
While I was making my rounds yesterday, I tuned into NPR and heard audio of King that I’ve never heard before, specifically, a speech he gave denouncing the Vietnam War. As much as I’ve done my homework over the years, there are just so many layers. Just listening to his voice and knowing that he really wanted to make change for everybody made me sad and happy at the same time. How brave of him to step up and say what needed to be said.
Sadly, four decades later, I’m not sure how far we’ve come. I don’t blame anyone in particular, though. I think we’ve all dropped the ball, but we can still pick it up again.
Oh, and am I the only one who was appalled to hear John McCain apologize for not voting for the King holiday back in the day? I think my stomach actually turned when he tried to clean up his “mistake.”