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So it's Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- a day with foundations in more than just certain businesses, institutions and federally mandated service facilities (like the emissions testing center I tried to visit this morning, for instance) being closed for a day. In fact, as fans of rock 'n' roll, I'd say we owe an enormous debt to pre-Civil Rights black culture. Not to mention, you know, the whole "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" thing and the fact that Dr. King was among the most brilliant and capable of history's countless freedom fighters. Duh.
Some special commemorative events
have been/will be going on today, including free entry to the Frist in honor of Dr. King. But something I'd really like to point folks in the direction of is this post over at Nashville's Dead
. For a special MLK Day edition of ND's "Shreditorials," Daniel Pujol and Some Beaus member and former/current
MEEMAWer Daniel Lucca Pujol has shared a response to Dr. King's celebrated "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." It's equal parts funny and reverential, and it's written in a tone that just might make you think to yourself, "Damn ... I don't use my brain to confront myself often enough."