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In his own words

Martin Luther King’s Birthday, 2013

Posted: January 15, 2013 at 4:30 a.m.

EVERY YEAR he grows more ceremonial, distant, symbolic, less alive. It is the fate of heroes. Their pictures are relegated to banners, their words become clichés, their very names become streets and boulevards instead of a living presence.

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Editorial, Pages 12 on 01/15/2013

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