Today the United States honors the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the slain civil rights leader. However, some states also honor other men in history as well. The Commonwealth Of Virginia (where I live) on the Friday before, celebrates Lee-Jackson Day, a state-holiday to mark Robert E. Lee’s birthday and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Both of these men were natives of Virginia and served as Generals for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Lee-Jackson Day became more of a controversy when, for a time, it coincided with the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth, during that time (only in Virginia) it was called Lee-Jackson-King Day. When I first moved to Virginia the idea of Lee-Jackson-King Day seemed, to me anyway, to be a bit of a contradiction. While Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson may well have been honorable men, they fought on the side of a nation founded principally on the idea that one race of man was inferior to another and that human beings could be owned as property. I thought 'combining' it with the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., for some reason, just didn’t seem right--At least not to me.
So if you are observing 'Martin Luther King Day,' and got the day off, or if you are like Carl and I and it's 'just another Monday,' and have to work, I hope your week is off to a good start! I think mine may very well be--Snow is in the forecast!