Mrs. Carolyn Bryant has since admitted that the story she told about Emmett grabbing her around the waist was a lie meant to justify his murder. However, no one has ever been punished for this lie or the murder itself.
The truth is white supremacy is a lie that kills. The truth is fear, bigotry and hatred lead to violence and the maiming of bodies and souls. The truth is that love—fierce love—is the only force that has ever liberated the hearts of humankind; Love is still the only Way, the Truth and the Life that will bring us to shalom and healing.
As John and I move through the south together, our revolutionary community keeps our eyes on the prize, our hands on the so-called gospel plow, and our feet marching for freedom. We weep at the ongoing symbols of brokenness—those we see in museums, and in real lived places along the freedom road. And we also weep at the tender way you, cherished family, and others, dare to live love-fueled justice every day. You bring me joy; I hope in you. Please, keep dreaming God’s dream, and working for it to come true.
Come Sunday, Rev. Natalie will preach “Who Am I?” reflecting on the extracanonical The Thunder: Perfect Mind, and our ongoing quest to live into who we are. And, in a special invitation to worship, you’ll meet my dad at the place civil rights martyr James Chaney is buried.
Arts and liberatory education fuel this justice movement, and we’re so blessed to live in community filled with both.
I love you so much,
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