"Imagine what America would be like if Martin Luther King Jr. never had a dream."
King often said "there is a power in our hearts more powerful than the power of bullets" ... and today in the land of the free and the home of the brave it's never been more important to remember.
Freedom is a commitment we make every day. A commitment to accepting everyone in all their glory and all their flaws, as brothers.
So today, open your heart and lean into its power, get comfortable with how it feels... because there is much to celebrate and much work ahead. There is no doubt as we move through what is necessary. WE SHALL OVERCOME!
In tribute and remembrance here's one of Martin Luther King's appearances, selected by the late, great Tim Russert, on Meet the Press... with a discussion about King and the current state of politics...It includes this response to a question about how many white people attended his Sunday congregation...
"It is one of the tragedies of our nation, one of the shameful tragedies, that 11 o'clock on Sunday morning is one of the most segregated hours, if not, the most segregated hour in Christian America."
(Rev. Liston Pope, Dean of Yale Divinity School)
Martin Luther King on "Meet The Press"
"The sermon he was going to deliver in the next Sunday were he to live, found in the effects after he was murdered was a sermon called "Why America May Go To Hell" that's the Martin Luther Jr. with which the broad swath of America is not familiar, and they don't understand...the articulation of a theological tradition that ... doesn't respond in hate, but it responds in prophetic anger, then ultimately Love, Love enough to speak justice to the nation...
Justice is what love sounds like when it speaks in public"
For the first time in a long time the imagination of this country is activated. We have the space to contribute our time and talents. A space once again to stretch into new possibilities.
A power has been unleashed, a power to move mountains, the power of belief.
BE INSPIRED. BE LOVING. BE YOU. REPEAT.
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
Where we got it wrong. We're going to make a correction. And get it right.