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Happy Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day fell yesterday this year. It is celebrated between January 15th-21st, on the Monday closest to his actual birthday (January 15th). I am a big fan of Dr. King’s. I was ten years old when we saw him on TV giving his “I have a dream speech” from the Lincoln memorial, with 200,000 people, black and white, who had participated in the peaceful march on Washington in attendance. It made a huge impression on me. He and Mahatma Gandhi were two great leaders of the 20th century that achieved lasting change with nonviolent means. Gandhi called the determined but nonviolent resistance to what is wrong satyagraha, or “soul force”. We need more of it in the world.

On Monday night the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals had played each other in an NFL playoff game. They wore this on the backs of their helmets in tribute to Dr. King, which I found very appropriate.

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