Thought it was appropriate to post this video today, for obvious reasons, and these:

Even though I've grown to think of Casper as "home" over the last 12 years, I spent a great deal of my life in a place called Birmingham, Alabama.   I missed the 60's, where so much of the civil rights struggle took place - but even in the years after, I saw a great deal of the good, bad, and ugly of race relations.    Lots of progress made, and yet farther to go.

In addition to the experience of growing up in the epicenter of where the movement took hold in the years following, I had the good fortune of learning from teachers (thanks, Mrs. Chapman) who taught me the history with the unique experience of having been part of it, making pages come to life with the very real stories of their personal struggle, and their marches and activism alongside Dr. King.

Do yourself a favor - if you ever find yourself in my old hometown, stop by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.    Or better yet, visit the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, built on the site of the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. King's untimely assassination took place.    It's a powerful place with an important story to tell, and you won't regret the trip.    To know where you're going, important to know where you've been.

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,