The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Honored at VTS
Fifty years have elapsed since the world lost that prophetic leader, that courageous presence, that agile mind, that sonorous voice, that man of God—the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This week, we pause to remember him, giving thanks to God for his indelible legacy and grieving the hatred that brought his life to an untimely end.
But let us waste no time in posing the question that is, in a sense, at the heart of this commemoration: “What do we want our society and our world to look like fifty years from now?” For we look around us and see that, in spite of all of our progress on the “isms” that plague us, we have a very long way to go.
With these reflections in mind, I invite you to join in a series of events honoring Dr. King that extend through the first two weeks of April. Tomorrow evening at 7 pm in Immanuel Chapel, we will hear from our first speaker, Dr. David Pilgrim. Dr. Pilgrim is the Director of the Jim Crow Museum, which uses racist images from the past to promote tolerance and empathy in the present. For a complete schedule of all the events, please click here. For a flyer that you can share, please click here.
I would be remiss if I did not also mention the exciting A.C.T. To End Racism events that will be held in DC this week, sponsored by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA.
Dr. King’s was a life of profound meaning, purpose, and service. May we take this opportunity to consider how we too may find purpose in helping to bring about a more just and equitable future.
Joe Thompson, Ph.D. Director of Multicultural Ministries and Visiting Professor of African American Studies