The State of Alabama recognizes today as Martin Luther King Day, and our Birmingham offices are closed.
I'm working today, but I've got a secret. When Martin Luther King Jr and his hundreds of thousands of followers marched through Washington in the Summer of 1963 on his way to deliver the "I have a Dream" speech, I was 9 years old, and sitting on a curb on Washington Circle in D.C. For a white kid having grown up in the 1950's in segregated suburbs, the impression of so many people totally different, all united in joy, was a life-changer.
Today, we honor a man who, although not perfect, had a higher goal than just himself.
Tomorrow, we all honor a man who suggests we do the same:
"So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other." Grant Park - 11/4/08