"Dr. [Martin Luther] King invoked God-given and constitutional rights in defense of extending civil rights to every man. He believed in his country's distinct ability to maintain a steadfast commitment to its values even when institutional realities pointed in other directions. Dr. King personified the American creed. That it was Ronald Reagan who bestowed on Dr. King the honor of a national holiday should no longer come as a surprise."
-- Kiron K. Skinner, assistant professor of history and political science at Carnegie Mellon University, and member of the Defense Policy Board, in The New York Times.