- Written by Ivey Brent Laminack Ivey Brent Laminack
- Category: Public Policy Public Policy
- Published: 29 November -0001 29 November -0001
Good morning all! Happy Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (observed). I claim that a generation hence, our children won't be celebrating MLK Day. Why? Look at history. Our parents celebrated Armistice Day on the 11th day of the 11th month. This is when the treaty ending World War I was signed. We celebrated Veterens' Day. I remember Washington's Birthday and Lincoln's Birthday. Now it's President's Day. Humanity's collective memory blurs and generalizes. The specifics of the above celebrations turn into generalizations over the years. So I claim that a generation hence MLK day will be renamed "Civil Rights Day". You can hear the rationale now: The Civil Rights movement was bigger than just one man, we need to celebrate all its leaders; it's really the movement, not the man we should be remembering, etc. Time will tell if I'm right or not, but if the past is a gauge of the future I think it's just a question of 'when' not 'if'.
On a side note: On his birth certificate, Martin Luther King Jr.'s first name as listed as 'Michael'. Clearly a typo, because then he wouldn't have been a 'Jr', would he?