This little song, written to honor the recognition of Martin Luther King Day as a national holiday, featured Whitney Houston, The Fat Boys, Run DMC, Stephanie Mills, The New Edition, Whodini, Menudo, Kurtis Blow, Stacey Latislaw, James J.T. Taylor, Lisa Lisa & Full Force, Grandmaster Melle Mel, El DeBarge, and the late Teena Marie. "King Holiday" is still unavailable on CD, so far as I can determine.
My interest in Martin Luther King Day music was largely inspired by the unending assaults on that particular holiday. School districts and states (mostly southern) seem to constantly maintain that we have just one two many federal holidays on our calendar and that the world would be put in perfect balance and all of the world's problems solved if we just eliminated this one. Bull pucky! It's thinly veiled racism and nothing less. One too many holidays? Target Columbus Day or Presidents Day, then. Those are just glorified mattress sales days anyway. Martin Luther King Day is too damned important to mess with. I don't say that for reasons of race or because of the movement. I say it because it is the only truly and uniquely American holiday on the calendar. Every nation on this planet has its holidays. They mark religious dates of importance (such as Christmas), political and/or military dates of importance (such as Independence Day), they honor political leaders (such as Presidents Day) or military leaders and heroes (such as Veterans Day). Every nation in the world has these, or some variation thereof. Only in America do we honor a man of peace who was neither a political nor a military leader. Only in America would we even think to do that. It is a holiday in celebration not of our national accomplishments, but of our dreams and aspirations. Martin Luther King Day is a reflection of the best part of the American soul and every attack on Martin Luther King Day as a national holiday diminishes us. Download Dr. King's I Have A Dream speech free through the Internet Archive.
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