๐ˆ๐ง ๐ก๐จ๐ง๐จ๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ƒ๐ซ. ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ง ๐‹๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐Š๐ข๐ง๐  ๐‰๐ซ – Where do we go from here?

You do not have to go far to see the complex web between systemic racism, unconscious bias, privilege, justice, white supremacy, white nationalism, poverty and COVID-19. I’ve written on this before here – https://tinyurl.com/y4upplk7. But, I want to highlight one of the most powerful statements from Dr. King. These are excerpts from his 1967 presidential address to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference titled, “Where do we go from here?”. It’s a question many, many of us are asking after 2020, particularly those in churches that have traditionally not asked hard questions, lamented, and moved forward correctly. (Have you read “The Color of Compromise”? If not, I would highly recommend it.) Where do we go from here? Let’s listen to Dr. King today. At the end of the post, I also link to a modern-day prophet in my own community, Malcolm Foley, with some poignant reflections on today and tomorrow and the next.

โœ… โ€œ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ค๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ง๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐œ. ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐š๐ ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž.โ€ And so, I conclude by saying today that we have a task, and let us go out with a divine dissatisfaction. (Yes)

โœ… So, where do we go from here? Another great resource is a write-up from a very respected voice in my own community, Malcolm Foley. He continues to remind us to not simply lament, but to be agitators and extremists of justice. He also reminds us that some of us need to be agitated for comprehensive love and justice. For those of us who are white, we have to listen, listen, and listen some more with extreme humility, not defense stances if you hear the word “privilege” and get mad. This is more than lamenting. Let’s be agitated in the right way.

โ—พHe said in a recent post, “This is a moment where we need to offer the right peace rather than say, peace, peace where there is no peace. Many need to be agitated by extremists for comprehensive love and comprehensive justice. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my forefathers and mothers (and Jesus), it’s that there can be no unity without justice.”

โ—พLet us be dissatisfied until America will no longer have a high blood pressure of creeds and an anemia of deeds. (All right)

โ—พLet us be dissatisfied (Yes) until the tragic walls that separate the outer city of wealth and comfort from the inner city of poverty and despair shall be crushed by the battering rams of the forces of justice. (Yes sir)

โ—พLet us be dissatisfied (Yes) until those who live on the outskirts of hope are brought into the metropolis of daily security. โ—พLet us be dissatisfied (Yes) until slums are cast into the junk heaps of history (Yes), and every family will live in a decent, sanitary home.

โ—พLet us be dissatisfied (Yes) until the dark yesterdays of segregated schools will be transformed into bright tomorrows of quality integrated education.

โ—พLet us be dissatisfied until integration is not seen as a problem but as an opportunity to participate in the beauty of diversity.

โ—พLet us be dissatisfied (All right) until men and women, however black they may be, will be judged on the basis of the content of their character, not on the basis of the color of their skin. (Yeah) Let us be dissatisfied. [applause]

โ—พLet us be dissatisfied (Well) until every state capitol (Yes) will be housed by a governor who will do justly, who will love mercy, and who will walk humbly with his God.

โ—พLet us be dissatisfied [applause] until from every city hall, justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. (Yes)

โ—พLet us be dissatisfied (Yes) until that day when the lion and the lamb shall lie down together (Yes), and every man will sit under his own vine and fig tree, and none shall be afraid.

โ—พLet us be dissatisfied (Yes), and men will recognize that out of one blood (Yes) God made all men to dwell upon the face of the earth. (Speak sir)

Here’s his full write-up which should be a required reading: https://waynation.com/mlk-the-agitator-and-extremist-we-need-now/?fbclid=IwAR1CDN2GnUYWNOaXvrsIYC_v_220POZy7rXBcOQ_WviSa6YDZPvTCJRsoJs

“๐‹๐ž๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐›๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ง๐ž๐ข๐ ๐ก๐›๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ. ๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐จ๐ง ๐š ๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž, ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐›๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐๐๐ž๐ง ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ง. ๐‹๐ž๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐›๐ž ๐š๐ ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž. ๐‹๐ž๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐›๐ž ๐š๐ ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ž. ๐‹๐ž๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐›๐ž ๐š๐ ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐†๐จ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐ฅ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ฌ ๐›๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐.”

– FNE

SOURCE: Here’s the full speech. We have a tradition in our family to watch the MLK JR “I have a dream” speech. I am going to add this speech to our tradition too. https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/where-do-we-go-here-address-delivered-eleventh-annual-sclc-convention

Picture: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking before crowd of 25,000 on March 25, 1965 in Montgomery, Alabama. Stephen F. Somersteinโ€”Getty Images

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