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Robbie Thompson participates in a march honoring Martin Luther King Jr., Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in San Antonio. Parades and celebrations have been scheduled across Texas to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on the federal holiday in his name. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

So, did you take MLK Day off? Martin Luther King. No, not the one that started the Reformation and the Protestant church.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the symbol of civil rights here in America. Yes, the black guy with a dream.

And, you know that's the way it was Monday for some folks. Not bigots, not racists, just folks who knew the office was closed, but they still got paid. Folks who have forgotten. Folks of all colors and backgrounds who picked out a place to have lunch Monday without ever wondering if they would be served. Folks who carried bottled water with them on their walk without the picture of a time when drinking fountains were labeled "White" and "Colored."

Schools were closed Monday -- not for some, but for all. And over the weekend, we watched sports where the only things that were the same color were a team's uniforms.

So, thanks for the day off, Dr. King. But more than anything, thanks for the dream.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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