ABL has a repost of a Daily Kos diary that gets to the point about what Martin Luther King, Jr. should be celebrated for above and beyond his non-violent fight for civil rights:
At this point, I would like to remind everyone exactly what Martin Luther King did, and it wasn’t that he “marched” or gave a great speech.
My father told me with a sort of cold fury, “Dr. King ended the terror of living in the south.”
Please let this sink in and and take my word and the word of my late father on this. If you are a white person who has always lived in the U.S. and never under a brutal dictatorship, you probably don’t know what my father was talking about.
But this is what the great Dr. Martin Luther King accomplished. Not that he marched, nor that he gave speeches.
He ended the terror of living as a black person, especially in the south.
Please go and read the whole thing; it is the best tribute to Dr. King you will see today, or any day.