The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was, and is, profoundly about our freedoms from and for — to live and let live, to love and let love. He leads us out of whatever our inhibiting boxes are. He keeps lifting up peoples and causes — in unsuspected places, at inconvenient times — much to the confusion and consternation of both his “own people,” and those “powers” cursing him as “communist,” “outside agitator,” seeking to shame and defame him.
He was assassinated standing with “the least of these,” garbage workers in Memphis. My call to seminary, then to local-church urban ministry, arose from Rev. King’s death. Faithfulness to such of his visions as “World House,” “Beloved Community,” and “Nonviolent Resistance” — the unfinished business of the “Poor Peoples Campaign” — the enduring hope in storm-drenched “Resurrection City,” New Jerusalem of justice and joy, have strengthened and sustained me all these years.