Monday, December 14, 2009

The 'Dream' for Today

On Tuesday, December 15, from 6-7:30 pm, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture will host what promises to be a very interesting interfaith dialogue. It will focus on the contemporary significance of of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

"The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 1960's occupies a unique position in American consciousness: at once both a critical epoch to be remembered and unfinished business to be completed. During these early days of the Obama presidency, some say that memory of the movement is receding, whereas others say that a national conversation about race and class needs to be recast for the future. Through presentation and discussion, with emphasis on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speeches and the PBS documentary Eyes on the Prize, this two-part program will explore the possibilities of both honoring the past accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement and confronting its future."

You can find more information about it here.

I, along with Rev. Joe Clifford, of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas; Rev. Jan Mar, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church; Rabbi Joe Maneshe, of Congregation Shearith Israel and Imam Nihat Yesil, of the Dallas Islamic Center.

If you have time and an appetite for a discussion on the realization of the promise of King's Dream and it's the energy and hope it provides even now, please come by. I'd love to meet you!

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