Monday, January 21, 2008

Martin Luther King Day

I don't normally post on holiday occasions but this is one holiday that is of immense importance to millions across the country, as well as to many Vermonters.   Those of us who were a part of the civil rights struggle in the 60's and beyond have a special affinity for this occasion.   Dr. King, the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Congressional Gold Medal and so many other awards and accolades including, my own personal favorite, a Grammy, was one of the great 20th century contributors to peace and to human history.   The Montgomery Bus Boycott that he led inspired a generation.

What a shame then that on January 15, the anniversary of Dr. King's birth, Thomas H. Naylor, head of the Second Vermont Republic, held a dinner to which he invited leaders of the white separatist organization, League of the South, that I've written previously about, celebrating their attendance at a North-South Secession Summit he had convened here in Vermont.

After so many months of his denying any connection to the leadership of the LoS, it seems odd that Naylor would then go out of his way to schedule two conferences with the LoS, one of which was held on the King birth date.   Or maybe it isn't so odd after all.


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