I'm not very good at spreading the love for special events and holidays on my blog. Sometimes I remember, but most times I don't.
I think I remembered Thanksgiving and Fourth of July this past year, but did squat on Christmas. I dunno why it is, but it is.
Yesterday, I completely forgot about the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day remembrance. Now that I think about it, I don't believe I've ever really used my blog to pay homage to one of the greatest civil rights leaders in the history of humanity. Considering I like to think of myself as a student of history and social studies and a big proponent of equality regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc., this is pretty sad.
Dave's Monday post mentioned how he was starting MLK Day the way he always does, by listening to Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. I thought to myself how cool that is, to listen to the whole speech the third Monday of each January as a tribute to the man and his vision and to inspire himself to be a better person.
This was about the time I realized that I am pretty sure I've NEVER heard "I Have a Dream" in its entirety. Sure, I have heard snippets, the key soundbites that always air when a remembrance to Dr. King is played. But the whole thing? I think I can safely say never.
Not in grade school. Not in high school. Not in college. Not even in my own educational endeavors.
I consider this not only an educational system FAIL, but a personal FAIL. I don't know how it happened, but it did.
I feel the personal need to remedy this IMMEDIATELY. To that end, I've downloaded a copy of the audio of his speech from iTunes and listened to it while out for a walk at lunch. I can now confirm that I had truly never heard the entire thing. It's amazing when you get the full impact of it hitting you right in the gut. I can understand why Dave listens to it annually.
I hope I can be forgiven for this terrible oversight.