Monday, January 17, 2011

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Here are just a few resources for reflection from friend of the site Be Scofield, who is already well on his way to becoming one of the most formidable MLK scholars of our generation. It remains vitally important, particularly on this day of commemoration, that the truly radical nature of Dr. King's vision for social justice not be lost among the parade of watered down, "media safe" clip shows he receives each January. So in addition to revisiting Dr. King's seminal "I Have a Dream" speech, today please also consider exploring some of the resources below and (re)acquainting yourself with the Dr. King who fought not only racism, but the violent excesses of capitalism, U.S. imperialism, and religious fundamentalism as well.

"Resources for the Radical Dr. King"

Dr. King Resources from God Bless The Whole World

Dr. King's life and work call us all to realize the courage of our convictions. As Dr. King wrote in Strive Toward Freedom:
[A] religion true to its nature must also be concerned about man’s social condition…Any religion that professes to be concerned with the souls of men and is not concerned with the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them, and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial.
So what is your religion concerned with today?

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