Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Post-MLK Day blogging: consecrated ground

Posted By on 01.22.08 at 01:10 PM

[A]ll of these honored dead have consecrated the ground of our nation and all, far from being museum pieces or heroic civic saints, are beside us still insofar as we seek to carry on their work and shape the world they bequeathed to us. We must all, somehow, some day, be called to account as Lincoln and King insist.

My friend Benjamin is an intern pastor at a church in Englewood, and gave Sunday's children's sermon on the subject of Martin Luther King, Jr. Over at his blog he has a moving account of it; read the whole thing, as they say.

Also: before going through the Tribune's 1966 archives, I also read a bunch of contemporaneous pieces in the Chicago Defender (like the Trib, the Defender's archives are available via chipublib.org; to someone's discredit, the Sun-Times archives don't go nearly as far back), and came across the essay "Creative Non-Conformist" (Apr. 2), an installment of King's syndicated column. This passage got to me:

Then, another tragedy of the modern world is that we have ended up in an age of jumboism. We worship that which is big--big buildings, big cars, big houses, big corporations. We find our greatest security in bigness, big cities. This has all but led us to believe that we are safer when we take a position that is in line with the majority. And so we end up astronomically intimidated. 

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