Are you at work today? Did you know it's a U.S. federal holiday?
Yep, today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day we observe the birthday (actually Jan. 15th but we observe it on the third Monday of every January for convenience's sake) of one of our nation's history's greatest orators and civil rights activists.
King is best known for his acts of nonviolent protest such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington where he delivered his now historic "I Have a Dream" speech. In '64, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in combating racial inequality.
Unfortunately, some jackass shot him dead in 1968.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
That comes from the Declaration of Independence, a document that's been around since the late 18th century. At the end of the day, that is what Martin Luther King Jr. wanted for all men and women. It's a shame that over 200 years later, we're still striving for that ideal.
Let's do better. Watch this video, but don't go to YouTube and read the comments because some people are still racist and ignorant.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen