Monday, January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Hey everyone! How is it going? I haven't been posting much these days, but now I'm back on track! I'm sure you all enjoyed this weekend, since we had one extra day to relax from school.

Today it was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Every time we get a day off like this, I always wonder what is it that makes it a holiday. In this case, I have heard about King many times, especially in my history classes. Here's a little introduction to what this day means to clarify:
"King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed on January 20, 1986. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000." Read the full article here: link
It wasn't official in all the states until 2000, which means it's not a very old tradition. Perhaps that's why most of the businesses were open today, and it seemed to me like there was no day off for most of the people. 

In fact, I haven't talked about it yet but I started working at the Academic Support Center and we were open today as well. Let me tell you that you should take advantage of it and get any help you need with your courses. You can also come say hi! :)

This winter is being so different from last one. Maybe it is so because it didn't snow yet... Even though on my way back from the gym today we could see some snowflakes falling! Whatever it is, I'm definitely ready for the good weather. Every time I step outside I get chills, and then I remember how good it felt this summer sailing around Italy... my mind is cruel some times!

Then I see how pretty the city still looks and come back to the present. I took this picture above while freezing around the river. It's a nice walk that I have literally two steps away from my apartment, and every time I need some fresh air, I'm there. It's the place I go when I need to think and make decisions. As cheesy as it sounds, it brings me calm. I wouldn't change being here for anywhere else at the moment, so let's deal with the temperature! Have a great week and see you soon!

1 comment:

  1. But perhaps more important, as someone wishing to make a comment or two about contemporary life and values, I don't have to dig through libraries or travel to exotic lands to arrive at a view of our modern situation refracted through the lens of the preindustrial world, or the uncommercialized, unfranchised, perhaps unsanitized-and therefore supposedly more "authentic"-perspective ofthe Third World. Very simply, this is because that "other" world, as alien as if separated by centuries in time, is the one from which I came