MLK was killed forty years ago today.
Here is a tremendous video of the John Coltrane quartet playing "Alabama." The melody is based on the cadences of Martin Luther King's oratory.
Also: Read Digby.
One of the things I think people may not completely grok about us loathsome and reviled baby boomers is that our politically formative years were a little bit unusual --- when we were young our leaders and heroes kept getting assassinated. You can imagine how that might shape a person's view of politics. Fortunately that hasn't happened in a long time, which is something we should be grateful for. But for a while, in the 60s, it seemed to kids like me that this was normal.