Monday is a historic day

Monday is the national holiday celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Without his courage and leadership, without his inspiration of others, a President Barack Obama could not have happened. When President Obama served in the White House, he was the living embodiment of Dr. King’s dream.

And that is at once the splendid and tragic core of Dr. King’s life:

Many people hope the most famous African-American woman in our country — Oprah Winfrey — will consider a run for the presidency in 2020. And, it is not a far-fetched idea.

Oh, how things have changed — in great part because of Dr. King’s life.

Most of the population doesn’t remember dogs being set on blacks, lynchings or segregated schools, restaurants, restrooms and water fountains.

A whole segment of our society was denigrated daily until Dr. King and his followers pursued the “dream” of a society where everyone was treated equally. They endured the attack dogs, beatings, jailings and even murders until society as a whole couldn’t stomach the treatment anymore.

In truth, Dr. King’s nonviolent approach and stubborn civility shamed white society into finally treating fellow citizens as human beings.

Two years ago, Barack Obama led the celebration of Dr. King’s life. President Barack Obama. Finishing his second term as the leader of the free world.

Some dreams do come true.

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