Martin Luther King Day is set aside each year to celebrate the great impact of the civil rights leader, cut short by an assassin’s bullet at age 39.
Slavery, in which human beings are just another commodity, was legally outlawed long before King was born, but African Americans and other minorities continued to suffer — still do — a multitude of injustices in their daily lives. His mission was to remove those many barriers.
I recall from “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” the appalling harshness of slavery. You may remember President Lincoln, in an audience with its author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, remarked: “So this is the little lady who made this big war.”
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