in the memory of all the saints…

God bless Rev. Lowery for bringing it full circle…

“Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen. Say Amen”

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2 Comments on “in the memory of all the saints…”

  1. My mom was there in person and said she thought it was too informal, but I have to say, it made me grin with pride and joy.

  2. TwentyTwo Says:

    I don’t think many people understood that that is a famous chant he used to give during his Civil Rights days. It wasn’t meant to apply to the present or imply that ‘white’ is wrong or that any other group is necessarily oppressed by them. It was a throwback to the past and I love him for saying it. As the hip hop generation would say, he represented for his people, lol. When he started out with it, it took me back to the 1970s, lol. I remember hearing that as a kid, even as young as I am.

    His people (civil rights activists) are the reason Barack Obama is President. While we all voted for him, we can’t dismiss the contribution of those who marched (people of all races) on Washington and in cities and towns across the country to make this country accept the equality of the black, brown, yellow, red, and poor and if Rev. Lowery wants to reflect on that, so be it. It is our history and in some ways brings many people full circle – from the March on Washington, to 1.8 million fulfilling Dr. King’s dream of meeting again on the mall as one to elect a leader who happens to be brown. How amazing.

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