Good morning and Happy Monday! Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Gotta love Monday holidays. I have to make the most of this one. After all of the hubbub of the holiday season, I won’t get another weekday off until Good Friday.  (We here at Boston College don’t get President’s Day. I can’t complain though, what with that whole week between Christmas and New Year’s that we got in exchange.) Today I’m taking a drive up to New Hampshire with some friends.  It will be fun to get out of the city, but it is still January. We won’t be going on a picnic or boating on Lake Winnipesaukee.  We will probably spend at least part of the time doing what most Americans do with their Monday holidays – shopping.  (Did I mention that New Hampshire has no sales tax?)


I’m not making light of what the day is meant to celebrate and I know that a lot of people, at least here in Boston, use the day to volunteer at nonprofits around the city, while others attend one of the many Boston-area events, like the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast at the World Trade Center in South Boston, which is said to be the nation’s longest-running event dedicated to Dr. King’s memory. (We have an annual breakfast at Boston College, but we wait until after the students are back from break – which won’t be until tomorrow.)


If you’ve never read or listened to any of Dr. King’s speeches, here’s a link to the audio and an excerpt of the one for which he is, arguably, best known:

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.


How will you spend your day? Thanks for reading and have a great week!