MLK day is a great day to think about equality, and when I think about equality, I think about poker.
"What?" you cry incredulously, "That money-sucking game that ruins families and leads to that worst of all gambling addictions, pull-tabs?!?"
Yes, that game. Poker doesn't care what race, creed, or religion you are. You don't have to be rich or white or athletic. You can be male or female, gay or straight, citizen or visitor. You don't even have to be good at poker to play it!
Sure, you need some money. But you don't need a lot. Games are available at all stakes, and some nickel-ante games I've sat in were as viciously contested affairs as the $75-$150 games I played.
Poker will not judge you. Win or lose it will always invite you back. Your success is determined equally by skill and luck and your level of dedication or delusion will rule how you improve in the long run.
If you're just getting started in the world's most equitarian game (yes, I just made that word up), read my article on Holdem starting hands by position.