Friday, January 16, 2009

Obama Popularizes MLK Jr. Day (Jan. 19)

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 19) has more meaning to it this year thanks to President-elect Barack Obama.

According to Tanisha Burrus, program coordinator for the African American Studies department at UC San Diego, this year’s MLK Day will be celebrated in a bigger way because of the historical election of America’s first black president.

She says, “I think there will be a rise in people participating in events. It’s a completion for those who always hoped and prayed that King’s dream would come true. It’s more momentous this year for those who were in the struggle for social justice.”

Burrus recommends that those wanting to honor Dr. King and Obama attend a parade, go to a black history museum, or even grab beers at a bar – as long as they take the time to educate themselves on black history.

She also assures that MLK Day is not exclusive to the black community and says, “Dr. King wanted all people to come together and Obama has created a sense of community for all.”

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