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Inauguration and Dr. King

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lots of gratitude today. Gratitude for the inauguration, when we demonstrate to ourselves and to the world that democracy continues to be a worthwhile path. Gratitude for the ceremony, the music, the address – which was more homily than speech; and for the benediction offered by Luis Leon, an old friend and who was a priest and colleague in this diocese (as Rector of St. Paul’s Paterson from 1982-1988).

And a deep and abiding gratitude for the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whom the country honors today, whose legacy was mentioned more than once during the inauguration; whose unyielding challenge to injustice has made so much justice possible; and whose prophetic vision – drawn from the scriptures, still rings in the country’s soul.


The characteristic of Martin Luther King, Jr. that I remember most is his insistence on nonviolent protest against injustice. He framed his call to action in scripture to make the lesson accessible to his intended audience but shed light on injustices by walking down the street, riding on a bus, eating at a lunch counter, and encouraging kids to enroll in schools of their choice. When I feel the urge to lash out, I draw strength from his patience and wisdom. Do the next right thing and encourage others to do likewise.

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