MLKMartin Luther King’s birthday is the same as mine, January 15th.

According to several recent books, Dr. King was anything but the saintly leader his hagiographers would have us believe. He was, it seems, a complicated, flawed person. A human being.

And he is worth remembering.

King’s great and lasting legacy is that he helped transform the United States of America into a country where it now feels slightly silly and ridiculous to be honoring someone for eloquently and repeatedly uttering the truth.

We do not yet live in a land where men are judged solely on the content of their character, but these days judging someone by the color of his skin — which, 50 years ago, was common — seems patently absurd. Sometimes, though, it takes a brave person to state the obvious.

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