So this new poll from SodaHead.com says that more than half of Americans think we should go to work and school on the day the nation celebrates Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. I’m not sure which Americans they actually talked to over there, but I do know this: the people who think we should be somewhere slaving for the man or having someone teach our kids’ “slave math” on the day we should be meditating on Dr. King’s legacy and putting his words into action are probably somewhere in Sears, taking advantage of all those great MLK sales. Right. While they’re there, we and a host of other MyBrownBaby families will be honoring Dr. King by doing what we’re sure he would have wanted the nation to do to celebrate how far America has come: we’re going to participate in a day of service—helping others. My kids will be standing shoulder to shoulder, side to side, next to kids and parents whom during my lifetime—I was born in 1968—would not have been able to do so, particularly down here in the South, had it not been for the passion, intelligence and strength of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Happy Birthday, Dr. King!