Thursday, January 21, 2010

Some Words of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. That You May Not Have Heard Lately

It is timely to quote Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week, since we just had our national holiday recognizing his work. Surely if you watched television or listened to the radio or read a newspaper, you would have heard quotes from the "I Have a Dream Speech" (which is deservedly a favorite). And in some speeches you heard people quoting him or even putting words in his mouth about health care.

But in our more popular media outlets they seem to be uncomfortable with the fact that it was of great pride to King that he was a Reverend (according to his widow). But in how many stories did you see "Rev." before his name? (I just did a search of Google News results, and out of 20 story snippets involving the holiday, only one mentioned "Rev.")

I doubt you heard the following words this past Monday. They are from a speech King gave at the at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia on the 2/4/1968 (just two months before he was killed).

Yes, Jesus, I want to be on your right or your left side, (Yes) not for any selfish reason. I want to be on your right or your left side, not in terms of some political kingdom or ambition. But I just want to be there in love and in justice and in truth and in commitment to others, so that we can make of this old world a new world.

And there is more to that speech. Read it here:

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