It’s been a long, cold, snowy winter, but, in the words of
the poet, “if Winter comes, can Spring be far behind.” For many of us in the
East and Midwest, after punishing weeks of arctic
cold, repeated snow, and grueling power outages; the (bleakly) hopeful,
ostensibly rhetorical, words of the poet become more fully comprehensible. We
know that cyclically spring must roll around, but is its arrival, as a season
of renewal and rebirth, truly guaranteed? There have been ice ages, and, right
now, we feel like we are in one.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day falls on January 20, this year. Had the national observance never been approved by Congress, Dr. King’s birthday on January 15 would still receive more than a routine nod, but the federal holiday brings his legacy to the forefront of national consciousness every 3Monday of January. Consequently, at least one day a year is dedicated to consideration of higher ideals and contemplation of concepts such as “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
John Coltrane, while not a leader of a mass political or social movement like Dr.