[rollei_list] Re: Happy MLK Day

  • From: Rob Lilley <54moggie@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 17:06:14 -0500

The year Martin Luther King was killed I was one of a few Northerners attending a small sleepy Southern college. My roommate was the first Black on campus. The night Dr. King was killed I was cramming for an economics exam off campus. I didn't know what had happened. The next morning I met up with my roommate who thought I was too ashamed to come back to the room. He had spent the night by himself. When I think of those days and what will happen tomorrow - well, I wouldn't have thought it possible in my lifetime. I am proud to be an American today.


Rob


Elias Roustom wrote:
In keeping with the tradition of greeting each other on special occasions, I wish you all a happy MLK day. I remember when this holiday first came around, and how much controversy came with it - everything from economic arguments to nasty racist jokes - and I'm glad to see that it has settled nicely into our calendars. Like all American holidays, except maybe Thanksgiving, it involves struggle and death, but stands on principle for the hopes and aspirations of a people committed to freedom and justice. It's good to be reminded of that as often as possible and it's good to have an excuse to give myself, and my employees, the day off.

Cheers,

Elias
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