MLKshakes a long time now, I’ve had a tradition regarding what I consider to be one of the most important American holidays, namely, Martin Luther King day. See, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most influential people in American history, one of the many people that make me truly proud to be an American.

His death was one of the saddest losses in human history, but it was his life that truly paved the way for change in the world. My mother recently recalled to me her memories of the first black student and teacher joining her previously all-white Elementary school. Yet for me, I was born in an understanding that it is not the “color of their skin” but rather the “content of their character” that defines a person.

Since his life was such a beacon of inspiration unto his present and future, I was always thoroughly disappointed growing up to find that MLK day was treated as “just another day off” from school, with no major celebrations. Thus I and my friends decided to create an MLK day tradition, one I have kept up to this day: MLKshakes.

Basically it’s simple, I join friends and we drink shakes to honor Doctor King. Yesterday I had a Cookies and Cream shake (delicious) and watched the Samuel L Jackson film, Jackie Brown, if only because I’d like to think that Dr King would have loved such a movie. After all, I certainly do. Almost as much as the creamy goodness that makes up an MLKshake.