Editorial: Honoring King in spirit and service

The Tribune

Nearly five decades after first ringing out across the National Mall in Washington, D.C., who can hear these words — “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” — and not be moved?

Although making the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a national holiday was controversial and overdue, the holiday in one sense has become ordinary. Instead of being celebrated on King’s actual birthday, Jan. 15, it falls on the Monday closest to that date, so we Americans get what those who decide such things figure is much more important than an exercise in historical remembrance or a call to idealism — a three-day weekend.

We were happy to see that Jackson County AmeriCorps is taking King’s message as a call to action — in the form of a community service day. AmeriCorps workers are volunteering to prepare and serve the monthly.

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