As we prepare for Dr. King’s holiday, my sermon is about Mountaintops and Mentorship. King knew, for the movement to live on, he had to pass along the faith, he had to pass along the vision. After all,, King knew, he had been handed this faith, this vision, from the generation before him, and especially from his mentor, Dr. Howard Thurman.
There has been a great deal of debate in our nation over the last week and a half. Some folks said, in the wake of the attack,
“this is NOT who we are.”
Other folks, including a number of my friends who are involved with the Black Lives Matter movement said no,
“this is EXACTLY who we are.”
We could debate the meaning and merits of the arguments until we are blue in the face. I think a bigger question is at stake.
“Is this who we want to be?”
I remember hearing Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech as a little kid. I remember well, it was the early days of CD-ROM software for the computer, and our school had received a donation of an early digital encyclopedia. The article about Dr. King included a recording. Not the whole speech, not the controversialContinue reading “The Challenging Sainthood of Dr. King”