It is almost as if we cannot tolerate the truth about powerful people, especially when they live as agents of challenge and change, banging against the status quo of our comfort.
History-makers, when hard a work making history, are not easy to control!
Once they are gone though the process of "domestication" begins. Before long we are able to add another icon to our collection of American heroes without much thought of the radical, world-shaking nature of their ideas or work in life.
Today we "celebrate" the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The great civil rights leader and peace activist lived a thoroughly amazing life.
These days most of us lapse into sentimentality when it comes to Dr. King.
Want a challenge? Want to think more deeply about Dr. King, his work and his continuing challenge to America during this confusing time of war and continuing injustice in the United States?
Go to http://www.blackcommentator.com/121/121_mlk_pf.html and read Paul Rockwell's essay, "Dr. King Was Not a 'Dreamer.'"
Once you've done that, take a look at a copy of The Dallas Morning News today. The "Viewpoints" section on the editorial page has a wonderful and challenging essay by one of my partners here at Central Dallas Ministries, Rev. Gerald Britt, Jr., our Executive Director.
Or, you can go to Gerald's essay at:
Now, celebrate the day by remembering the truth about the national leader whose amazing life stands behind it!