Letter: Better ways to celebrate MLK Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks at a peace in New York City. Photo Credit: AP, 1967

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I believe that Martin Luther King Jr. would not have felt honored by a day in which the educational community slept late, played video games, went shopping, or lounged around the house and watched TV ["MLK holiday was hard-won," Editorial, Jan. 21].

He would have wanted a day in the classroom where a reading of his  "I Have a Dream" speech would be followed by a review of his life. Also appropriate would be a discussion of how students believe a 2013 United States would look if King's life had not been cut short by an assassin's bullet, and a forum of race relations past and present, the hope for the future and how to get there.

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A productive day in his name, rather than a thoughtless day of leisure, would truly pay homage to the price he paid for equality.

Jim McConville, Shirley


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