Today is the anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, who was shot and killed on April 4, 1968 by James Earl Ray. Reviled by the right as a Communist, lauded by the right as a Republican, Martin Luther King in my opinion is among the greatest Americans in history. One can see how difficult it is to take on the Rush Limbaughs, the Glen Becks, the Fox News, and the Tea Partiers, but in effect that's what King did in the early 1960s by standing up to the white right wing (and that's a fact). He led a peaceful Civil Rights movement that won support around world and around the United States. Forging good relations with JFK and LBJ, in many ways he was the one most responsible for passing the momentous Civil Rights Act of 1964. Though that victory caused the Dixiecrats to flock to Reagan after his heartfelt appeal to their racism, the legacy of Civil Rights remains with us today. Our nation truly changed thanks to Civil Rights in ways that have benefited women, gays, Latinos, the disabled, the majority, as well as the arts, food, and entertainment. It's hard to describe how much better our country is today than it was in the Leave it to Beaver era.