January 24, 2017
On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and what would have been his 88th birthday, our community gathered together to remember the legacy and work of MLK Jr. through Ava DuVernay’s beautiful film Selma. Thank you to our Plymouth community for your love and support with our first official fundraiser for the Youth Forum spring mission trip, a Civil Rights Journey to the American South. Your support helped us raise over $1,200!
Following the film, we created space for people to process their reactions to the film and share their thoughts, fears and hopes about current events happening in our country. Our discussion ranged from first-hand accounts of MLK Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech, to discussion about how MLK Jr.’s legacy has, as Ava DuVernay put it, “converted into a kind of white ‘dream’ for the hope of nonviolent, peaceful change that results in racial equality in ways that make white people comfortable.”
I ask Plymouth, which version of MLK Jr. do we remember and honor? The version the media and many in our country created, or the radical leader of racial justice that he was? Let us fight for the history we know is true.
And just as MLK Jr. said to the crowd, after days of marching from Selma to Montgomery, “The road ahead is not altogether a smooth one. There are no broad highways that lead us easily and inevitably to quick solutions. But we must keep going.” We must keep going, Plymouth.
For those who were unable to attend the film fundraiser, this is just the start! Please mark your calendars for the Coffee House, Saturday, March 18. More details to follow soon.Subscribe