January 15th is forever a day that minorities, especially African Americans, can be thankful for. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had vision and foresight, wisdom and prudence, and yes he dreamed. He urged and encouraged this great Nation to live out the content of its creed. In his eternally unforgettable March on Washington speech, delivered on August 28, 1963, Dr. King gave the Nation this challenge:
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’
In sports, since Dr. King’s death, we’ve seen many more minorities playing games, and a few more minorities managing teams, and yet fewer minorities owning franchises. We haven’t overcome all racial and social discrimination yet, but thanks to Dr. King, we’ve come a long way, baby.
Happy birthday, Dr. King.