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18th January, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Day ~ By Paul Ejime


18th Jan. is Dr Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day, observed on the 2nd Monday each year in America. It is usually followed by the commemoration of the Black History Month in February.

But this year, no thanks to the calamitous Trumpism events, Washington DC, the American capital is under security lockdown, and the 50 states enveloped in uncertainty as the rest of the world watches once all-powerful America, in shock, horror and trepidation.

The American dreams, which Luther King and his colleagues across races, fought and died for remain elusive. Instead of commemorating his birthday and internizing or living those dreams, Americans are worried about domestic terrorism, two days to the inauguration of their country’s 46th President Joe Biden.

Dr. King Jr. was assassinated in 1968 and it was not until 1983 that President Ronald Reagan signed the Executive Order declaring the MLK Day as a Federal Holiday. Still, the first nationwide observance was in 2000.

That explains the diversity, the myth and the contradictions, which America continues to represent. An illustration of the story of seven blind men describing the elephant from the part of the giant mammal they can feel with their hands.

Even so, like Barrack Obama is wont to say, there is the need to keep hope alive, trusting that the governance systems in America and the rest of the World would mature and endure to ensure equality and justice for all, irrespective of race, tribe, creed/religion, social standing and political persuasions!

Happy Birthday MLK. May your legacies live on!

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