I’m glad we all seem to like Dr. Martin Luther King, that we all collectively agreed to put him on stamps and name streets after him and take yesterday off in his memory (well, those of us who work for government offices, anyway).

I’m glad that Selma got nominated for Best Picture—it deserves it, and a bunch of other noms besides that it didn’t get. I’m glad that they finally put a memorial up for him in 2011—I was there when it opened, I got to see King’s stern face glaring across the Tidal Basin at the memorial to the great slaveholding president Thomas Jefferson.

I’m glad we lionize Dr. King as a hero, because he deserves it. He was definitely one of my heroes growing up, and one of the first people where I said I needed to seek out all the recorded words they spoke or wrote and study them.