Today’s Quote from Dr. King:
In his final speech to the SCLC national convention in August of 1967, Dr. King spoke on the topic of “Where Do We Go From Here?” In that speech, he talked about what it would mean for America to be “born again.”
“All of these problems are tied together. What I am saying today is that we must go from this convention and say, ‘America, you must be born again!’
“We have a task and now let us go out with a ‘divine dissatisfaction.’ Let us be dissatisfied until the tragic walls that separate the outer city of wealth and comfort and the inner city of poverty and despair shall be crushed by the battering rams of the forces of justice. Let us be dissatisfied until those that live on the outskirts of hope are brought into the metropolis of daily security. Let us be dissatisfied until slums are cast into the junk heaps of history and every family is living in a decent sanitary home. Let us be dissatisfied until the dark yesterdays of segregated schools will be transformed into a bright tomorrow of quality, integrated education. Let us be dissatisfied until integration is not seen as a problem, but as an opportunity to participate in the beauty of diversity. Let us be dissatisfied until every state capitol houses a governor who will do justly, who will love mercy and who will walk humbly with his God. Let us be dissatisfied until from every city hall, justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a might stream. Let us be dissatisfied until men recognize that out of one blood God made all men to dwell upon the face of the earth. Let us be dissatisfied until that day when nobody will shout ‘White Power’ or ‘Black Power’ but everybody will talk about God’s power and human power.”
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In April of 1967, Dr. King gave a powerful speech at Stanford University called “The Other America.” Here is a four-minute excerpt from the speech where he elaborates on some of the problems that we should view with “divine dissatisfaction.”
For Reflection and Prayer:
- Reflect on all of the economic and materials blessings that you have in your life. Then think for a moment about how different your life would be if you grew up in “the other America” that Dr. King describes.
- Pray for the wisdom to more fully understand the impact of poverty in our community and for some insight about how you should respond.
New McClendon Scholar in Residence Programs to Focus on MLK
Please plan to join us for one or all of three spring programs about Martin Luther King’s message for us today. Each program will feature a prominent visiting scholar as well as local clergy in Washington, DC, who are active in work for social justice.