- Bill Schaffer
- Central Oregonian - News
>WEB - EDITORIAL - KingFor those of us lucky enough to be city, county, state and federal employees, Monday was a day of rest.
But Martin Luther King Day should be remembered as more than simply a vacation day or a holiday. It should be commemorated as a tribute to Dr. King's life and his values- those of tolerance, pacifism, common decency and love of one's fellow man. King asked all of us to see beyond the color of one's skin and to look at another's character instead. King asked all of us to try to heal the racial divide that was so terribly prevalent during the 1960s. King asked all of us to try to make this a more peaceful world- one without war and strife.
King's actions in the 1950s and 1960s helped pave the way for the civil rights movement and helped lead President Lyndon Johnson to sign into law the Civil Rights Act of 1965.
Even though the country has made some progress toward racial reconciliation since King's day, the nation still has a ways to go. African-Americans and other minorities should be more equal economically and socially with whites.
Dr. King had a dream for that to happen. If we all work together, it can be a reality instead of simply a dream.
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