To Change the Subject a Bit...Martin Luther King Day is a hollow holiday lacking traditions and purpose. Note: I am a believer having made a pilgrimage and visited the AME Church in Selma, the Edmund Pettis Bridge, and the Freedom Trail to Montgomery.
Millions of Americans will be taking a day off from work. But I guarantee less people will be spending their free time mediating on the collected works and teachings of MLK than getting an inane tattoo today--that they will later regret.
Holidays have tradition, like Turkey on Thanksgiving, Christmas Trees, and Easter Eggs. It is too cold to go on a picnic in January, most Americans will probably go to the mall and have a Starbucks.
Now there is an Unofficial holiday that really unites the country. Everyone simultaneously and synchronously gathers family and friends, talks and reminisces, prods and chides friends, cheers, becomes happy or sad, blogs, tweets, eats, drinks, and even goes to the bathroom at the same instant-- nationwide! It is Superbowl Sunday.
It is the celebration of black athletic excellence. Over 85% of NFL players are black. The Superbowl is a successful tale of racial integration, tradition, and a unifying event for the entire nation. Many holidays like Christmas or Easter exclude Jews or muslims. Superbowl Sunday is Nonreligious. Everyone eats Nachos and Beer!
We are divided into two teams all based on brotherly rivalry and fun. IT is more of a male-male bonding Bromance holiday, but even women are embracing the tradition: Great Half time shows with Janet Jackson(sic), Cher or Lady Gaga. Great humorous commercials that people talk about on the water cooler for days. Beer, Hamburgers, Hotdogs and guacamole. Touch football during halftime. The Puppy Bowl and Kitty Bowl on Animal Planet.
Superbowl Sunday may be Bigger than Thanksgiving for shared activity traditions!
And everyone comes to work on Monday hungover.
I propose to move the dead Black holiday of MLK to the Monday after the Superbowl Sunday. Make it a super celebration of black achievement and culminate it with Football and Feast and Fun(Loyal order of FFF). Let Americans get over their hangovers on Monday, for a well deserved three day holiday. And let them be grateful to MLK and celebrate his teachings through nonviolent protest while sleeping in late and recovering in their warm beds.
I think MLK in his concern for the common man would approve. As only Nixon could go to China, only Obama can make this a reality. Peace through NonViolence! Stop Hungover Monday!