Keltic, I would be interested to hear from your friend's SO as to what the differences are between now and the 70s. How is it worse?
My husband sometimes says that the American society is less open now - more ideologically, socially conservative than it was in the 70s. His favorite example is the TV show All in the Family - he swears up and down that show would never see airtime if it were produced now. Judging by the reactions to End of the Sword, Brokeback, Book of Daniel, I wonder if he's right? Are we going backward, socially?
TJ: It would be sad if the memorial service does not reflect the spirit of Coretta Scott King. Hardly does she leave us, but the spin and the doublespeak comes to cover her up. But WE are still living, and remember that the dream lives in everyone with a loving heart and a willingness to learn, grow, and uplift those around us.