MLK, Jr. - 88 Years Ago and Today

Today we are celebrating the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday. Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929, eighty eight years ago. His main contributions to the faith based non-violent freedom struggle for racial and economic justice took place from December of 1955 in Montgomery, AL until his assassination on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, TN. While it is good that we have a national holiday in his honor, it is even more important to continue the struggle for racial and economic justice. During the last year of his life, Dr. King was one of the most unpopular people in the country because he made an explicit connection between what he called the giant triplets of injustice - racism, poverty, and militarism. Those triplets are still with us today in ways that are both similar and different than in Dr. King's day. Yet the insights that he shared during that last year of his life are a living legacy for our day. One way of honoring this living legacy is to read two works by Dr. King from that time in his life. Early in 1967, he wrote the last of his three books - Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community. On April 4, 1967, one year to the day before being murdered, he delivered a crucial speech at Riverside Church in New York. It is known by two titles - A Time to Break Silence or Beyond Vietnam. Both the book and the speech make it clear why he encountered so much opposition and hostility at that time and why this part of his life and ministry are relatively unknown - they still hit so close to home. The video clip below lifts up some of the same themes and reminds us of our ongoing calling to the faith based non-violent struggle for racial and economic justice. None of us can follow this calling alone. The Cornelius Corps is committed to being a network of individuals and faith communities that provide support to each other as we follow this call through the inward work of spiritual formation and the outward work of racial and economic justice. Join us on this journey and/or connect with others committed to the same calling. The best way of honoring Dr. King is to continue that work in our day. Now is the time!