Well, most of the nation, anyway. For some it’s like other holidays – simply a day off. And lately I’ve noticed stores advertising MLK sales.
Some would like this to be a day of service, an opportunity to give back to the community, which I think is a fine idea. Anything that encourages civic engagement is.
Some students, though, are not off today. Washington & Lee is holding classes today. The reason is that the school has founders’ day later this week, but the university doesn’t close for Labor Day or Veterans’ Day, either. W&L isn’t alone: VMI is also holding classes.
While I appreciate that there is a holiday honoring Dr. King, in some ways it has become just another holiday. And that’s sad. Because the lessons of his life and the legacy which he left are still pertinent. I’m old enough to remember a bit of King – especially his death – and the impact he had on our country. His words, some of which grace my favorite quotes page, remain an inspiration.