Realize the Dream
I grew up hearing stories about the 1963 March on Washington. As a child, this historic moment seemed immense, and far removed in time. Yet, it ingrained itself in my young conscience. Rev. King’s watershed speech galvanized an ethic that not only challenged the institutions of his time, but offered a path for the next generations to mature into. From this grounding, we as a people struggle, grow, and heal. And the work must continue.
August 24th marks the 50th anniversary of “The Great March.” Activists from all over the country will gather in Washington, DC and at a sibling witness event here in New York City and call for Dr. King’s dream to finally be realized.
Will you join us? Click here to get more information and connect with the Standing on the Side of Love contingent at the march.
The promise of our faith mirrors the promise of the United States of America: a democratic society based in the true equality of all people. Neither our faith nor our nation, however, can achieve that promise until we face and change systems that value some people more than others, some lives more than others, and some votes more than others. Both the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act and the acquittal of George Zimmerman for Trayvon Martin’s death have made it clear just how far we have to go in this regard with respect to race.
The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington provides an opportunity for us to stand on the side of love against oppression. Click here to find out how you can take part in this historic event.
Can’t make it to the march? You can still join the movement for racial justice in our communities. Click here to join the conversation on the “UUs Resisting New Jim Crow & Mass Incarceration” Facebook group.
Wherever any of us are oppressed, we are all diminished. Whenever we remain complacent, we are complicit. When we are unmoved, our faith calls us back to a place of compassion. We are all our relations. We still have a dream. May the next generations be inspired by the course of our hearts. I hope to see you in DC at the end of this month.
Rev. Jude Geiger
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Huntington, New York
PS: Wondering why this work is still important? Read this letter from a team of clergy and religious professionals in the Metro New York District of the Unitarian Universalist Association, which discusses at length why this work continues to be a matter of life and death and how our Unitarian Universalist faith calls us to action.
The message above went out on Thursday, August 8, 2013 to Standing on the Side of Love supporters. You can sign-up for these emails here.