To the Editor:
On May 20, 2020 in Minneapolis, a 46-yr-previous Black gentleman was crying out for his mother as a white guy knelt on his neck for 9½ minutes until finally he was dead. Then, lying face down in the gutter, George Floyd was handcuffed. George Floyd was a Christian brother of mine. Was he ideal? No way. And neither am I.
As I imagine back to May possibly 20, it takes me back again even further more to the finest voice and leader of the American civil rights motion, my fellow Baptist minister, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In the shadow of a tense, divisive yr and blatant acts of mob violence upon our Capitol, incited by a seated president, we have to have to hear text of wisdom from a legitimate leader. With Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18, enable us hear once again the profound words of the Rev. Dr. King:
“Our lives get started to end the day we become silent about things that make a difference.”
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘what are we executing for others?’”
And “The time is constantly ideal to do what is ideal.”
These three quotations from Dr. King go to excellent lengths of enabling us to target on that which is great and respectable and enduring. On M. L. King Jr. Day, permit us pause and imagine on these issues in these types of a time as this.
Wesley A. Smith
The writer is a retired pastor in the American Baptist Church, Usa.