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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

A Day to Celebrate Differences

The 1960s was a decade of change. It started with great hope – Kennedys and Camelot – along with the near impossible challenge to land man on the moon by the end of the decade. It quickly unraveled with the war on poverty (Johnson), the VietNam War, civil riots, burning cities, and several assassinations.  I am not a historian, but I did grow up in the ’60s and witnessed firsthand the evolution and revolution.

Through it all Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a voice of reason and professed peace. Last week as I watched the Lincoln movie, I was reminded of the difficulties of racial equality during the Civil War. One hundred years later,  as our country still struggled with equality, Dr. King had the strength and courage to articulate what had been bubbling below the surface for generations. Today we salute the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and all others who dreamt the dream and helped change the culture of this country.

“Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.”

As we celebrate the life and dreams of Dr. King Jr., I hope that we are reminded to give back to our communities in ways that make us better people and to embrace the idea that all men and women are created equal.

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