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One Story, Three Ways: Martin Luther King, Jr.

It's the fortieth anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and in the midst of a presidential campaign recently focused on race issues, the media seems to be giving extra coverage to the reason for the day off today. Here's a sample of how they're selling the story:

  • The New York Times focuses on the campaign slant.


  • Fox News seizes the opportunity to give a nod to the commander in chief.


  • CNN points toward the need to recognize MLK Jr. as more than one line in a speech.
  • How will you choose to reflect on the day? What does Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy mean to you? Do you think it's going to feature prominently at the South Carolina democratic debate tonight?

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rebelchipmunk rebelchipmunk 8 years
Everyone often forgets about MLK's Letter from the Birmingham Jail. It opened my eyes as to how laws and our morale coincide. Complacency never brings about change, and as MLK believed, it is in our moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.
rebelchipmunk rebelchipmunk 8 years
Everyone often forgets about MLK's Letter from the Birmingham Jail. It opened my eyes as to how laws and our morale coincide. Complacency never brings about change, and as MLK believed, it is in our moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.
alohaey9 alohaey9 8 years
i try to honor martin luther king by translating the holiday into a day of service. my company has a "floating holiday" we can use anytime throughout the year (we don't get mlk or president's day off), so i used it today to visit and volunteer at a couple of nursing homes in my town with my husband.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
I'm actually working today...even though the post offices, banks, and studios are closed, Hollywood keeps on filming as it's "not a union holiday." And yet we have President's Day off. What's up with that? *shrug*
grrlyrebel grrlyrebel 8 years
Hopefully the debate tonight will focus more on what Dr. King once so powerfully and memorably spoke about, the content of the runners' character, and less on the color of their skin (or their gender). I believe that's what he would have wanted.It's a proud day in America though when two of the frontrunners for presidency represent historically oppressed demographics. Maybe times really are a changin', and for the better.
grrlyrebel grrlyrebel 8 years
Hopefully the debate tonight will focus more on what Dr. King once so powerfully and memorably spoke about, the content of the runners' character, and less on the color of their skin (or their gender). I believe that's what he would have wanted. It's a proud day in America though when two of the frontrunners for presidency represent historically oppressed demographics. Maybe times really are a changin', and for the better.
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