MLK Day thread

There will be and have been a lot of reflections on Dr. King's life today and this weekend. In recent years, I've taken this opportunity to reflect on his wife, Coretta, as I will do again here.

Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery at Coretta's funeral a few years ago sums it up well. Watch the whole video, it's worth it.

Be sure to check in at about 1:05 through 2:00.

But in the morning,will words become deeds that meet needs?


A song for the day

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This song helped make MLK Day an official holiday

In support of making Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a national holiday, Wonder released "Happy Birthday" (1980), a song celebrating Dr. King. The song became a hit and a rallying cry for the King Holiday. On Monday, January 20, 1986, in cities and towns across the country people celebrated the first official Martin Luther King Day, the only federal holiday commemorating an African-American.

South Carolina MLK rally and protest of voter ID law

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Hundreds of people rallied Monday outside the South Carolina capitol to honor the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and protest the state's voter identification law.

While rallies in previous years have often been focused on protesting the Confederate flag that flies outside the Statehouse near a memorial for Confederate soldiers, the attention this year has turned to the voter ID law.

The U.S. Justice Department has rejected the law. The Obama administration said it didn't pass muster under the 1965 voting rights act, which outlawed discriminatory practices that prevented blacks from voting. On Monday, marchers carried signs that read: "Voter ID(equals)Poll Tax.

One of my favorite songs,

along with a fantastic collection of still photographs: