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Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.


In observance of our national holiday to commemorate the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., I thought I’d share a video clip (below) of the man in action (big tip o’ the hat to Matt Davis of the Portland Mercury).

I realize that the effort to make bicycles an accepted and respected form of transportation in America is a far cry from the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement — but there are parallels. Many of us who represent “the bike community” or “bicyclists” have been called upon to explain our tactics and ideas to people who don’t see the world in the same way.

In the video below, a young Martin Luther King, Jr. faces tough questions about his movement’s tactics from the panel of NBC’s Meet the Press. The way he handles these questions is something everyone can learn from.

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