Kids understand a lot and we knew it was about hating other people because of the color of their skin.
The New England town where we grew up was a world away from the South. But even in our town you’d hear adults say Dr. King was a troublemaker. He sure was.
We saw him in Life magazine and on the network news. Some of our teachers admired him and talked about what he was doing. A church worker from our neighborhood went off to march with him and was murdered in Alabama.
What we know today is that Martin Luther King did what was right, in a way that was right, and for reasons that were right.
That’s why he was such a great man.