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.