The meaning of Martin Luther King Day

Tim Darnell posted earlier Martin Luther King Jr.’s moving last speech the night before he died.  Let me add what may be described as the first eulogy of the slain civil rights leader.

On the night of King’s assassination, Robert Kennedy stepped onto the back of a flatbed truck in the heart of an Indianapolis ghetto and informed the crowd of the death of Dr. King.  Kennedy then delivered a moving call for calm and for each of us to honor Dr. King by seeking the best in ourselves and our country.  Kennedy would himself be struck down by an assassin’s bullet two months later.

Regardless of one’s race, religion, party or ideology, Kennedy’s moving testimony that horrible night is a reminder to us all of why we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. today.