Today, the United States marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day  – a floating holiday which celebrates the birthday of the late civil right leader. The occasion resonates with Caribbean bloggers, both at home and throughout the diaspora and a few of them share their thoughts…
Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp , who lives in Miami, Florida, acknowledges the impact that Dr. King's “Letter from Birmingham Jail”  has had on his life, noting that his latest book “include[s] a few of the lessons that [he] had learned from reading and teaching Dr. King's letter to [his] undergraduate students at Miami Dade College”. He calls Dr. King's letter “one of the great moral texts of the twentieth century, [which] should be required reading in the training of young minds.”
Cuban diaspora blogger Michael Pancier put his tribute into “a little photo and video montage” , made from images he took during a visit to The King Center  in Atlanta, Georgia. His compatriot, Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter , also acknowledges the importance of the day:
The critiques against Martin Luther King Jr. and nonviolence  are of importance today because around the world in Egypt , Tunisia , Burma , Cuba  and elsewhere movements have emerged that are inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.'s example of nonviolent struggle . In the United States elements within the Occupy Wall Street movement have embraced Martin Luther King Jr.  and are organizing acts of remembrance on his birthday .
In the U.S. Virgin Islands, Live De Life  uploads a video of Will Kimbrough performing the “Ballad of Martin Luther King”, saying:
Figured this was appropriate for the holiday.
Finally, Afrobella  posts a heartfelt “thank you” to Dr. King…”for everything”:
Dr. King was assassinated 44 years ago, and in the sands of time it is easy to forget that Dr. King was a real person. A man with a beautiful wife and family. A man who became the public face of a movement. A man who tirelessly worked, marched, got arrested, spoke eloquently on the topics of peace, love, and justice — and ultimately gave his life to the cause of racial equality.
Thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Without you, who knows where we would be today.