Home > history, work > Happy Birthday, Dr. King

Happy Birthday, Dr. King

Monday, January 18, 2010, 13:06 EST Leave a comment Go to comments

Click to see image largerIf Martin Luther King, Jr., had survived, he would have turned 81 years old last Friday. Today, the third Monday of January, is the federal holiday recognizing his birthday, one of only two birthdays granted federal holiday status in the United States.

I am working today because, unfortunately, my employer chooses not to honor Dr. King by closing for the holiday. They also don’t honor George Washington, patriots (the revolutionary kind, not the football kind), Christopher Columbus, or veterans.

If I did have those holidays off, however, what I wouldn’t be doing is shopping. Nothing frosts my cookies more than retailers that take advantage of meaningful holidays to hock cars, shoes, appliances, and electronics. “Hey, hundreds of thousands of American military personnel have died in wars — let’s have a sale!” How tacky.

Advertisements
Categories: history, work
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s