endearing about the fifties.
Here is a painting by harry anderson for
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would soon ask Christians to
Stop drinking Milk like Babies and Step Up-- what would it mean to follow the actual Christian teaching in a world with, e.g., 2 drinking fountains, for 2 "categories" of people?
i've always enjoyed studying how King nudged, provoked, logically forced American Christians to get strong, to Choose at the fork in the road;
Step up or stop calling yourself a Christian. Love, Gentleness, nonviolence, no hate, simplicity, Content of Character. The effect of King's promptings on Americans -- Blacks and Whites, Christian or nonChristian-- Varied, like everything, from person to person, but came out of King's Christian faith and his ability to make other asleep or lukewarm Christians to wake.
H. Anderson paintings i stumbled upon- click to enlarge.
This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.
With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:
My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that:
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!