Day 35 of our Lenten Journey through Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam.”
As that noble bard of yesterday, James Russell Lowell, eloquently stated:
Once to every man and nation comes a moment do decide,
In the strife of truth and Falsehood, for the good or evil side;
Some great cause, God’s new Messiah offering each the bloom or blight,
And the choice goes by forever ‘twixt that darkness and that light.
Though the cause of evil prosper, yet ‘tis truth alone is strong
Though her portions be the scaffold, and upon the throne be wrong
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.
And if we will only make the right choice, we will be able to transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of peace. If we will make the right choice, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our world into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. If we will but make the right choice, we will be able to speed up the day, all over America and all over the world, when justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.
-Today, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam.” Rachel Harding, Ruby Sales, Michelle Alexander and many others will be gathering tonight at Riverside Church from 7-9pm EDT.
-Listen to the original audio recording of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech in its entirety HERE.
-For more analysis of the speech, Dr. Vincent Harding and the history social justice movements in the U.S., check out this Iconoclast episode with Joanna Shenk, Elaine Enns and Ched Myers, recorded at the February 2017 Kinsler Institute hosted by Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries.