Monday, January 21, 2008

In Honor of Martin Luther King Day

In honor of Martin Luther King's birthday, I am presenting two links in my post for today. The first is a link to a Web site that carries the text of Dr. King's speech given in August 1963 — almost 45 years ago. Though we hear snippets of it every year, you might find a full text reading of the speech interesting. Dr. King's words are still beautiful and inspiring some four and a half decades later.

What does Martin Luther King Day have to do with genealogy, you ask — maybe nothing or maybe everything. The U.K.'s “The Observer” posted an interesting article back in July, called “The Genes that Built America.” I find it curious that I discovered this piece written in a British publication rather than an American one. It's long and thought provoking. Maybe thought provoking enough for some to find it troubling — for me it has provided some moments of reflection and introspection. You can read it here:,,2124456,00.html.

Until Next Time — Happy Ancestral Digging!

Note this post first published online, January 21 , 2008, at Desktop Genealogist Blog at The News-Messenger Online

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