Dr. King, at 80

2008-0376     Today, Martin Luther King, Jr. would be 80.

     He was 39 at the time of his assassination. He has been gone longer than he was alive.

     Still, the legacy lives on. Even after Coretta has died, too.

     We cannot forget. Even as we inaugurate Barack Obama. In fact, that glorious moment is one more down payment on the debt we owe, not only to him but also to each other.

     Dr. King led us out of our national racist wilderness, although we are not entirely in the Promised Land of full racial justice and reconciliation. Not yet. His example is to continue the journey, no matter how tired we become.

     And there is more, too. Reading old speeches and sermons, and his books, reminds us that he had a vision so much larger than the end of Jim Crow, essential though that was, and is.

     He had a dream alright. It was for the Beloved Community–a nation, and a world, without hunger, without violence and war, without poverty, without injustice of any kind.

     Dr. King did not aspire to lead a movement, or a nation. But when God put the task before him, he did not shirk. He did not hide.

      God has something for you, for me, for us, to do. Accept the challenge, don’t make excuses, claim the purpose and power God has for you.

      Do something today that changes you, so that you become a stronger voice, a more active presence in the struggle– the struggle for peace, for feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, ending racist, sexist, homophobic oppression.

     Remember Dr. King–not just in sweet images in commercials, but in the street, in the homes, in the neighborhoods, where people live, where people need food, and shelter, and clothing, and peace.

     And love.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

2 thoughts on “Dr. King, at 80”

  1. He was 39 when he died and I was 25 (now 66). I sat one seat too far back on a La. bus and was asked to move so as not to cause problems. What a different world we have. but how some people are suffering today from social injustice and from the economy which hits the poor hardest but affects everyone. I just want to have the courage now to live out loud and honestly and to promote peace in every thing I do. I miss seeing you, Robin, and enjoy reading your blog. Love, Mary Gay.

  2. Mary Gay, how wonderful to hear from you. Hope you and Yoli are doing well. I miss you, both of you. How different Richmond is without you. But I hope we are filling the void.
    Live out loud, honestly, and promoting peace. Sounds like a great platform for life. You go, darlin’!

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