Today is the 37th Martin Luther King Day. MLK 1/15/29- 4/4/68
On Saturday, my friend Joyce sent along a message about the Jan. 14, 2023, New York Times, a column by Jamelle Bouie. I’d recommend that you read this column, here: NYT Jamelle Bouie Jan 2023.
Bouie focuses on a sermon given by MLK at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Christmas Eve, 1967. It speaks for itself. (There are several sources for the entire sermon on the internet. Simply search the specific topic.)
I repeat another recommendation this day.
Take the time to tune in on J. Drake Hamilton’s talk via Zoom on Thursday of this week at 7 p.m. CST. All details are here. There is a very simple reservation process.
If we are to survive as a community of people, however local or global that might be, it will be up to all of us, working individually and together.
I’ve always liked the quote attributed to Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
COMMENTS (more at end of post):
from Jeff: Happy MLK day monseigneur! this is a good post for today as well, especially the ending admonishing us that heroes are all around us….
from Heather Cox Richardson, Letters from an American, especially pertinent for today. Here.
from Jay Kuo, The Status Quo, on Martin Luther King and Thich Nhat Hanh, here.
He’s a former career Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer who later turned into a political activist. He has quite an interesting biography in Wikipedia .
I found myself going back to re-hear various clips as it went along, so give yourself some time to check it out. Be aware, this is not an upper.
from Chuck: Here’s the best 3 min video that I believe gets at the root problem of EVERY earthly issue we are concerned about.
Today, on Martin Luther King Day, this is his “War is Obsolete” speech.
Compliments of a close friend with media promotion and editing talents.
“Everything is connected, everything is interdependent, so everything is vulnerable…. And that’s why this has to be a more than whole of government, a more than whole of nation [effort]. It really has to be a global effort….” Jen Easterly. Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency’s director in a speech Oct. 29, 2021. [CISA is our nation’s newest federal agency established by the Trump Administration in 2018]
Hopefully, Ms. Easterly understands that our environment is our most vital infrastructure! And human security everywhere is inherently and irreversibly connected to it as well as every aspect of our health.
from Claude: Yes, that’s certainly a great speech. It’s a shame it hasn’t gotten more traction to actually get people and countries to think more ecumenically to work together to avoid a course of action that has brought us to the point of ever warming global temperatures. I’m sure you’re right that not being willing to work together is the root of every problem we face.