Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Syl Jones writing on Martin Luther King and the March on Washington

Syl Jones: A dream that has not yet come true: "Using quotes from the Bible books of Amos and Revelation, and African-American folk-pulpit references to the Egyptian pharaoh of old, King gave words to the suppressed longings of many Americans who yearned for racial justice. With the Telstar satellite beaming his words across the world, he swung into a confident rocking rhythm at the prompting of singer Mahalia Jackson: 'Tell 'em about the dream, Martin,' she said. And so he did."

Syl Jones is probably little known outside the Twin Cities, but by default and practice he's the voice of the local Black community. He's also an excellent writer, and this is one of his very good columns.

The 50 bombs in Birmingham reminded me that Terrorism was not invented in Munich; it's as old as humanity and was well refined in the American south.

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