A Call for Tough-Mindedness: MLK, Jr. Day, 2018

With Ed Gilbreath and Karen Conway at Naperville Covenant Church, Jan. 14, 2018. (Photo credit: Brian Lee)

Here is a short talk I gave at Naperville Covenant Church yesterday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I was honored to speak alongside my longtime friend Ed Gilbreath (and author of Birmingham Revolution, amongst other great books!) and our fellow friend and church member Karen Conway. Ed spoke about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., Karen shared about her family’s experiences, especially as the parent of biracial children, and I gave an overview on how Jesus’s example of healing the blind man of Bethsaida can guide us in our own quest to be free of cultural and racial blindness. I am appreciative to be a part of a church community that takes seriously the call to address racial injustice and inequity, and I hope and pray we will all have the tough-mindedness to continue to press into the difficult and messy conversations that need to be had in order to truly address the areas of blindness we all have in this area.

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