One of the beautiful things that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in his "I Have a Dream" speech is that he looked forward to the day when his children would be judged by the "content of their character" and not the "color of their skin." Dr. King’s daughter Bernice was just five years old when her father was assassinated.
Today the Rev. Bernice King says that her father was urging us all to do the very hard work of interacting with people not by their external markers but by their "internal substance."
One thing I have learned about "internal substance" is that it takes time to really get to know what that substance is in a person. A few conversations do not reveal the real internal substance of a person, nor does casual conversation. It takes a long time and many deep conversations to really know the internal substance of a person.
I am reminded every year of the lessons we are still learning from the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His was a ministry of speaking the truth in love and his sermons resonate today with continued urgency.
On Monday, January 20 we are invited to gather with others in the Interfaith community to hear from a special speaker about the legacy of Dr. King and to raise money for scholarships to graduating seniors from Key West High School. These young people write essays on the subject, "If the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King were alive today."
For more information on the event, see the article inside. For your thoughtful consideration, meditate on the meaning of the "content of character" and "internal substance."
Love and Prayers,