Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a holiday created to celebrate the life and work of America’s most revered civil rights leader. It’s a day off for many Americans who work in the financial industry or for federal, state or local government. For most others, however, it’s just another day at the office or plant. Civil rights leaders have argued more events should be held on this date to remember the man who is probably best known for his impassioned “I have a dream” speech that he delivered in 1963 to a civil rights rally on The Mall in Washington.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” King told the large crowd.
The night before he was assassinated in 1968, King delivered a speech in which he warned there would be “some difficult days” ahead for the civil rights movement. King had received a number of death threats in the days before he traveled to Memphis to speak to the city’s striking sanitation workers.
Events will be held locally and all across the nation today to observe MLK Day. In addition, many towns and cities have named streets in memory of King. Johnson City is not among them. Officials with the local NAACP have discussed the idea of doing so with city leaders for a number of years now. Deciding on which street is to be named for King has been the problem.
We want to hear from you. Should Johnson City name a street for Martin Luther King Jr.? Send your comments to Mailbag, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605-1717, or mailbag@johnsoncityâ€‰ press.com.
Please include your name, telephone number and address for verification. We will print your responses on the Opinion pages in the coming weeks.
You also can go to www.johnsoncitypress.com to cast a vote in the online poll.
Results of the poll, along with comments from readers, will appear on the Opinion page Jan. 24.