A day to remember a great man who fought against state sponsored segregation and racial hatred. If you lived in the South as I did as a boy, you know what it was all about - separate schools, waiting rooms, drinking fountains, Black Americans intimidated, kept from voting, Dr. King worked to rid America of a stigma that was as evil as it was long lasting.
And credit to the Southern States as well. From 1964, with the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill (and the help of most of the Republican Party) things changed dramatically. Schools were integrated, voting rights restored, Black Americans became part of the structure, not those purposely left outside. In my town, Raleigh, NC, in the early 1970's we had both a Black mayor and a Black sheriff. Ten years before this would have been impossible.
So, thanks, Dr. King. You changed us for the better. And here's your day of remembrance.