Monday, January 21, 2008

Young Dr. King

From my point of view, the sixties feel like the very distant past--not ancient history, per se, but certainly a whole other era. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s towering presence in American history makes the period seem all the more distant, but it really wasn't so long ago that he changed the arc of history. MLK was only seven years older than John McCain, he was only 39 when he died, and would have turned just 79 last week. Makes you wonder how the landscape of American life would have changed had he maintained an active public role throughout the four decades since that fateful April day.