We need another broad-based movement, this time also as focused on safety for children, corruption, economic injustice, and privacy violations. We first need to again break through the cynicism that change is not possible. We need hope and we need action. That should be his legacy, not some trumped up claim that the civil rights movement accomplished its mission and racism is a thing of the past. Many of its legal props were removed, but prejudice and unfair government persist, police shootings are too common, and our prisons are full to the point where the US is an international leader in imprisoning its population, especially its African-American men.
Still, we need to celebrate sometimes to acknowledge some accomplishments and some great men and women so we can remember that we can do more and greater things yet again.