Martin Luther King DayToday is a national holiday in the United States to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. If you want to learn about the kind of hatred and stupidity that King was fighting against, a good place to start is with the history of the Jim Crow laws in the United States. The Wikipedia entry for Jim Crow laws also has detailed information. And the Wikipedia entry for King is here.
Here's what Eli asked me last year.
"Dad, where did Martin Luther King live?" he asked.
"He was born in Atlanta," I said. "He lived in Alabama and Georgia as a grown-up."
"No he didn't," Eli said quickly.
"He didn't?" I said.
"I'm pretty sure he lived in Costa Rica," Eli said.
"I'm pretty sure he didn't," I said.