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Expert: Martin Luther King’s Message Still Relevant Today

As we prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King Day, his legacy remains important because many of the struggles he fought for – health care benefits, high-quality education and a living wage for all Americans – are unresolved today.

Written by Patrick Gonzales

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As we prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King Day, his legacy remains important because many of the struggles he fought for – health care benefits, high-quality education and a living wage for all Americans – are unresolved today.

 

Expert

Karlos Hill, assistant professor of history, (806) 742-3744 or karloskhill@gmail.com

 

Talking Points

  • Why is it important for our country to continue observing Martin Luther King Day as a federal holiday?
  • Do critics of the holiday have valid arguments?
  • How is King’s legacy still relevant more than 40 years later?

 

Quotes

  • “It is important that King’s birthday remain a federal holiday because it is a necessary symbol of the nation’s commitment to racial equality.”
  • “Critics of Martin Luther King Day argue that it is unprecedented and unfair to celebrate the life of one civilian, no matter their contributions to U.S. society.  In general, this is a reasonable argument; however, in principle it is morally bankrupt.  The holiday is much bigger than King.  King represents a whole generation of Americans who strived to make this country live up to its creed that ‘all men are created equal.’”
  • “At the end of King’s life, he advocated that all Americans receive full health care benefits, a high-quality education and a living wage.  Given the economic downturn of 2008 and its dire consequences for the average American, King’s vision is as relevant as it was in the 1960s.”
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