Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.
–Martin Luther King, Jr.
If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY 2019
REMEMBER THE MAN, THE DAY, AND HIS MESSAGE BY DOING SERVICE WITH LOVE FOR YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN HUMANITY
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday is officially Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This past week I posted two entries regarding Doctor King; one for “Sunday Thoughts” and one, on his actual birthday.
I have also been watching episodes of West Wing on Netflix . This is a habit I do periodically. Generally, if something is happening in the “real world” of politics that distresses me, I find it comforting to escape into the fantasy of the Presidency of Jed Bartett and the writing of Aaron Sorkin.
During a recent session of binge-watching this weekend, I viewed Season 4: Episode 3, “College Kids”. Toward the end of the episode, a scene takes place at a Rock The Vote event. Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann performs a cover of James Taylor’s “Shed A Little Light”. The cover and Mann’s vocals turn this tribute to Martin Luther King into something unique and soulful. Unfortunately Aimee Mann‘s version is not available in its entirety as a separate recording. It is only available on the show.
But in the spirit of the holiday and tribute to the man who was Martin Luther King, Jr,–I submit for your approval Part One of your “Saturday Diversion”..
The original by James Taylor of “Shed A Little Light”
Next, I must warn my readers on the side of the conservative political spectrum, that the next song by The Killers features a song also celebrating the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. and his fight for civil rights, human rights and the struggle for equality of all men. The video accompanying the song was produced and directed by Spike Lee and has a decidedly negative slant to the current White House administration. But, I found the lyrics powerful, and the imagery inspiring and sorrowful combined with a hope to do better regarding the issues it highlights. It is one more rung on a ladder that leads us over walls that separates us from our fellow humans. It is one more asset that leads us to make that elusive dream of Dr. King into a reality. It is added prodding to make our country, “The Land Of The Free”; and it is Part Two of your “Saturday Diversion”
“Make a career of humanity… It will enrich your spirit as nothing else possibly can. It will give you that rare sense of nobility that can only spring from love and selflessly helping your fellow man… You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”
–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.