Our editorial Sunday noted how Tuesday’s historic inauguration is made bigger by the serendipitous timing of the today’s federal holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. To King’s credit, when the nation first sees an African-American sworn in as president, many of its citizens will see no big deal in that moment. They’ve grown up in a post-King world in which races mingle and marry without a lot of drama, where race is identifying but not disqualifying. To Obama’s credit, such “postracial” voters weren’t the only ones willing to place their trust in the junior senator from Illinois. Obama reached across ethnicity, income, culture and geography to find common cause with 53 percent of voters. Much of King’s dream is still unrealized. But surely if too slowly, change has taken its place – in the classroom and courtroom, on the bus, at the lunch counter, in the voting booth, in the boardroom.
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