Once I became versed in privilege and oppression in college, my pride was heightened. Seeing myself as the poster child of oppression, I was eager to share my story and was provided with plenty of opportunities to do so.
Black History Month may be focused on black folks, but their blackness isn't necessarily their main identity and isn't the sole focus of the month, but yet their leadership, bravery and resilience is that focus.
As time passes, the likelihood of forgetting Dr. King's life, his work and the tortured history of people of color in the Americas increases. Observing MLK Day is just one more way to hold on to the memory.
With the exception of one poorly-chosen word, it seems to me to fit the classic definition of a "Washington gaffe" -- accidentally speaking a bald truth, and having to immediately apologize for such unseemliness.