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Martin Luther King Jr. Day today

mlk.jpeg Bishop ‘Woodie’ White pens his ‘birthday letter’ to Dr King about the progress of racial equality in the United States. Now retired and serving as bishop-in-residence at United Methodist-related Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, White was the first top staff executive of the denomination’s racial equality monitoring agency, the Commission on Religion and Race. And you can hear Dr. King’s definition of ‘greatness’ by clicking here.

The 2007 letter from Bishop White reads as follows:

Dear Martin:

My greatest temptation in writing this year is to not mention the burden of my heart: the war in which our nation is engaged. I am certain if you were here, your voice would be heard, as the prophets of old.

This leads me to consider how profoundly your voice is missed. There have been so many occasions when I have longed for your voice. Yours was unique. You spoke with such passion, clarity and moral authority. You had the ability to change hearts as well as actions.

We seem to be at a curious juncture in America in the area of race. On the one hand, systemic and institutional racism are giving way to a more racially inclusive society. On the other, individual daily acts of prejudice and racism can still be encountered routinely.
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January 15, 2007 Posted by | culture, god, mission, MLK | 2 Comments