I wrote this piece on reclaiming Rev. Dr. King’s revolutionary legacy over at the RevGalBlogPals blog, for their “The Pastoral Is Political” section. I hope you’ll give it a read.
Friends, I confess this Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday feels so…complicated today, when in just a few days bigotry and hatefulness and misogyny and blatant white supremacy will be inaugurated into the White House. All of that, in the space of five days? That’s a lot for one justice-loving heart to hold.
So I am thankful that the Movement for Black Lives is calling us to a national week of action, starting today, to #ReclaimMLK as we gird up our courage to resist this incoming administration and all the harm it wants to do – and is already doing.
Now more than ever, we need all our ancestors in the struggle around us. Now more than ever, we need to reclaim Brother Martin’s legacy to us. And, especially if you’re white like me, we need to be clear about who he was and what that legacy is.