The other day, Deb and I sat in front of the fire in our home and read aloud Dr. King's address at the Riverside Baptist Church in NYC in 1967. In this speech Dr. King came out against the VietNam war, risking backlash from his erstwhile supporters in government. Bu, Dr. King not only displayed courage. His analysis, the reasoning he lays out for his decision brought depth, and breadth and clarity to a movement that was struggling for a path forward. This man, under constant death threat, under surveillance by and subject to covert attack by out own security state, nevertheless, took a stand for peace and justice. I think about this when I consider my own willingness to stand up and speak out against racism, and fascism, and sexual assault and economic inequality. Listening to Doctor King gives me courage and inspiration.
Here is a link to the written speech, and here is the audio link, though not of the best quality. It is good to hear his voice, and cadence, and prophetic oratory.
Here, also, are three links to
wonderful music that celebrates the achievements led so thoughtfully and
with great sacrifice by our brother Martin.
Hopefully, these bits of unity and hope will help carry us through the
struggles ahead in the new year.