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21 January 2019

When you work six days a week (and spend nights tossing and turning over the next day's work), you relish your national holidays. And you observe them.

Revelations. The fountain in Moscone Center dedicated to the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Post Office, banks and schools observe it, which should be enough incentive for everybody else. Created in 1983, the holiday was first observed in 1986 and is celebrated on the third Monday of January each year.

And yet even today only a third of U.S. workers are given the day off.

In his 1968 speech I've Been to the Mountaintop in Memphis, Tenn., King said:

The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land. Confusion all around. That's a strange statement. But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars.

We are certainly experiencing dark days in the nation now.

The bright stars? That would be the people reaffirming the fundamental values on which this country was founded who now, more than ever, are beating the drum of justice, overwhelming the bleating of nonsense that would dim the lights of democracy for nothing more than the glint of coin.

At Yerba Buena Gardens, the Revelations memorial fountain pours torrents of water into its reflecting pool. It reminds us of the power of truth. So we publish a photo of the memorial to celebrate each Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

This year's image shows a pool on the east side of the memorial with its concrete walls and calmer waters. It's a dark image.

But just wait. You'll see the stars.

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