Martin Luther King Day

Every Martin Luther King Day I read something he wrote.  This morning I spent a long time looking through a pictorial biography and then looking at his last Sunday morning sermon delivered at the National Cathedral in Washington,  March 31, 1968.  His remarks remain strikingly relevant for us today, although I imagine he would recognize in these times the need to use inclusive language since he had a way of understanding the interrelationship of all oppression.

“Through our technological and scientific genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood and yet . . . .  we have not had the ethical commitment to make it a brotherhood [beloved community].  But somehow, and in some way, we have got to do this. We must all learn to live together as brothers [and sisters].  Or we will perish as fools.  We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in the inescapable network of mutuality.  And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.  For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the way God’s universe is made; this is the way it is structured.”

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