I am glad that my country chooses a day on which to remember the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968). Today is that day.
I am glad not just because King became a symbol for equality and justice, but also because it is nice to have a high-profile reminder of the cruel and idiotic, sage and wondrous activities of the past, the present and the future.
MLK Day offers a time of reflection that might well be taken in a wider way, I think ... a time to reflect on the beliefs and hopes and assumptions and comfort zones that shape anyone's life. Love is good, war is bad, terrorism poses a threat, money is wondrous or evil according to perspective, religion heals or hinders, etc. ... just to reflect a little on the goose down in your pillow.
I think anyone can reflect in this way.
And I think a national nod to Martin Luther King Jr. may help.