Martin Luther King Jr. 1961 Speech

The Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. gave in 1961 at the Temple Emanuel synagogue in Worcester, Mass. It was preserved in a cassette recording that was forgotten for many years. The recording was rediscovered in Las Cruces, remastered in 2017, and made available to our community radio station, KTAL-LP, for broadcast.

King spoke as the civil rights movement was picking up steam. It followed the successes of the Montgomery bus boycott, the lunch counter sit-ins, the Brown v. Board of Education decision, and shortly after, the inauguration of Pres. John F. Kennedy. 

The challenge of racial injustice is still with us. Dr. King’s words still ring true today.

https://www.lccommunityradio.org/archives/martin-luther-king-jr-1961-speech

Letter to UUCLC Community on Civil Disobedience

January 6, 2021

The events we witnessed today at the U.S. Capitol were shocking; an affront to U.S. democracy. As a person who loves this country and its ideals, watching insurgents climbing the Capitol walls, breaking glass, and breaching the congressional chambers, I kept faith that the U.S. Congress’s work would continue. I didn’t hope in vain.

Unitarian Universalists are not strangers to civil unrest. Our forbearer, Henry David Thoreau, wrote “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” His essay was a blueprint for standing up to unjust governance. The protests today were against just government. We Unitarian Universalists must demand accountability for the attempted disruption of Congress’s constitutional duty.

I encourage you to stand up against the insurrection and political grandstanding. Such efforts undermine our democracy. Take time and write to our newly elected U.S. Representative, Yvette Harrell. Express your views regarding her decision to protest the Electoral College certification process.

We should remember today for a historical event: the State of Georgia electing its first African American U.S. Senator, the Rev. Raphael Warnock. Instead, we’ll recall the violence, death, and disruption of the democratic process. We Americans must do better. We owe it to ourselves and the world to model fair, transparent, and lawful governance that protects its citizens.

Let us maintain faith in our elected leaders and hold them accountable. Let us keep faith in our Unitarian Universalist principles and values. Let us encourage UU leaders to continue speaking truth to power. And may we unite, as people of faith, as one nation, one with the other, in love, compassion, and justice.

Ashe, Amen, and shall it be,

 

Rev. Xolani Kacela

Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces

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This year, like no other, holds promise for a new vision. What is needed to do the work of Unitarian Universalism? Let’s see. First, many are waiting for things to go back to “normal.” However, as forward-thinking people, we how can we re-direct our attention? … read more.

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January 17 – Joint service with the UU Congregation of Las Vegas – Re-Imagining King

We celebrate the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Decades after Dr. King’s death, we continue struggling to make his vision of peace and racial harmony a reality. Let’s examine the progress we’ve made and explore how far we have to go.

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