April 4, 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of when Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, King's assassination symbolized the racial animus reflected in this country which specifically was both felt and experienced in Black American life. King's assassination was an assassination on the attempt toward achieving authentic freedom and equality for Black life in American society. Attempts at Civil Rights for Black folks went against the grain of a normative and foundational narrative of America's founding, and the white supremacist pride and de facto attitudes its people practiced. Yet, the dream for racial equality and freedom has not died. Its spirit and hope thrives against the dominant current of society and rest in the optimism of a faithful remnant few. It is in this spirit of hope that Dr. King committed and sacrificed his life. It is in this spirit that he asked the question Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community, which also is the title of his last book. Such hope in the face of America's on-going racial animus, particularly in light of the terrorist murder of 9 Black souls in a Charleston, South Carolina Black Church and terrorist staging and murder behind an 'alt-right' rally in Charlottesville, Virginia (against the backdrop of a racially ethnocentric President Trump) warrants a reexamination of Dr. King fifty years after his death. Dr. King's question, "Where Do We Go From Here," also must force us to address the crisis within the Black community regarding racial self-hatred - particularly regarding Black on Black crime, the termination of Black unborn life, and the erosion of the Black family and Black self-identity. in the Spirit of Dr. King, let us commit 2018 as a year to address "Where We Go From Here."
Invitation To Join The Conversation:
"The Seymour Institute, together with the Knights of Columbus invites you to help lead our country toward a future of civil discourse and respect for the dignity of each human being. We are asking you and other religious leaders to add your names to ours, endorsing the principles of nonviolence laid out by Rev. Dr. King in 1957."
To sign the statement, email your name to: firstname.lastname@example.org