The Politics of Memory

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Politics of Memory

Rev. Julia Hamilton

This week and weekend we will, as a nation, spend some time remembering the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His famous quotes will be quoted and his legacy analyzed and the Dr. King that we see and hear about may or may not bear much resemblance to the real person of Martin Luther King Jr.

So much of the story depends upon who is doing the telling.

Many people will try to claim Dr. King’s words to promote a sort of superficial, sanitized equality. His words have been used to sell krazy glue, for example –a couple of years ago they tweeted his quote about “sticking with love” as a sort of corporate message tie-in. His words have been used to sell potato chips. He is now such a popular figure that nearly every politician of every party will do something in his honor this Monday.

But during his life, Dr. King’s presence was not so comfortable or so marketable.

To read Rev. Hamilton’s entire sermon, click here.