“I have a dream. That my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the strength of their character.”

It’s the day we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I often wonder if he was still with us, what might he think?

Have we made progress in race relations in America? It depends on who you talk to.

I was struck by something I saw on Sunday. Driving in Tampa, I saw a house decorated in Tampa Bay Buccaneers colors. It also had a sign in Bucs colors that read “Black Lives Matter.”

After Covid cancellations, Dr. King Day celebrations are back. The parades are happening again.

In Washington D.C., the family of Dr. King will lead a peace walk across the Frederick Douglas Bridge. Voting rights will be the focus of the march.

CNN is reporting that civil rights leaders are vowing to keep pressure on Congress to pass voting and election laws. The son of Dr. King, Martin Luther King III, says the stakes could not be higher to protect and expand his father’s legacy.

King says, “Senators now face one of the most existential choices of their tenure: protect our voting rights or go down in history as an enabler of voter suppression.”

The Senate is expected to take on voting legislation on Tuesday. Democrats are looking for a way to pass it. It doesn’t look promising.

King also told CNN that it is insulting to still be demanding voting rights after his father and others had fought for them during the civil rights movement.

The debate over who should protect the vote continues. Should it be left to the states or should the federal government step in and run things?

After the last election and all the charges of voter fraud, the right for everyone to vote has never been more in question. It is one of those rights we must protect. It’s what makes our country great. Free and fair elections.

Dr Martin Luther King, Junior had a dream. I wonder if all these years later he would be pleased with what that dream has become?

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