This is a somber diversionary in this country.
For millions of people who are around my age, we lived through the turbulence of the 60s and 70s not fully comprehending what was wrong and what needed to be done, but sensing that something was wrong.And, in some way the same confusion remains in this country.
The night that Dr King was assassinated in Memphis, another man, hundreds of miles away, who was standing for the same thing as Dr King did announced the civil rights leader's demise.
"...Dr King," Robert Kennedy said, "dedicated his life to love and to justice...he died in the cause of that effort. The vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people want to live together and what justice for all human beings in our land."
Have we made progress to that goal?
"Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation," Dr King once said.
Dr King would be encouraged by the degree of the energy in the cause yet disappointed in the seeming lack of results to get everyone in the nation on the same page.
When is it that we as a nation and as a human entity see the change and see the peace that we all wish but can't seem it get?
It will take an effort that is not there. A reason that is not yet seen. An action that is relished in the notion that change can be good and can be attainable and can be lasting.
When will it happen?