Today marks the 31st anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observance. Approximately half of those years I have waged a battle to claim the day as a civil rights celebration/observance. As important an icon MLK Jr. is in our history, there are so many others, nameless, because Dr. King's legacy over-powers any and all other civil rights activists. Their crimson stains the pathway to the freedom people of color today enjoy. By just celebrating Dr. King, we lose sight of all the others involved in making the content of one's character prevalent over the color of his/her skin.

The MLK Jr. holiday is recognized as a day of community service and volunteering. Has somebody forgot, King's platform included fair work and wages. Where does the volunteering come in?

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