Yesterday wasy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (Observed). I claim that in a generation it'll be called just Civil Rights Day. Why? I believe we, as a species, goes from specific to general memory as time elapses. For example, November 11th was originally called Armistice Day to commerate the ending of WWI. It's now the more general Veteren's Day. When I was growing up, we had Washington's Birthday. Now it's President's Day. In each case, it goes from a specific commemoration to a general one. I can hear the argument now: "Dr. King was a crucial leader of the Civil Rights movement, but there were other leaders, and the movement was larger than just one man." And so the holiday will stay, but morph into a broader, more generic name and meaning.

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