Not that we shouldn’t honor the life of MLK Jr., but is the reason that he gets the day instead of people like A. Philip Randolph and Fannie Lou Hamer because he’s more palatable to white sensibilities?
As much of a player in the Civil Rights Movement as MLK Jr. was, lots of other people died. So why isn’t there a Medgar Evers or Emmett Till Day? Malcolm X Day?
Sometimes the “Great Man” theory of history really fits…Alexander the Great…Charlemagne…Martin Luther.
Other times something else is needed, closer to the treatment that the “Founding Fathers” get. (Yet many of them get the Great Man treatment)
But when we’re talking about something like civil rights, something that has such a long arc, why put all of the focus on that one man? Doesn’t that ignore the people and the work that made him possible?