In his book, Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America, Congressman and Civil Rights Leader John Lewis wrote, “You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone—any person or any force—dampen, dim or diminish your light.”
Over these past few days, there has been much conversation around the Florida ban on Critical Race Theory. In a January 10 2023, Newsweek article Fact Check: Did Ron DeSantis Ban AP African American Studies in Florida“, it was written: “Last year, DeSantis prohibited educators from teaching critical race theory in K-12 classrooms, part of a bill he said would put an end to “corporate and educational indoctrination in Florida“.
Even though Florida has gotten the lion’s share of the press, there is a concerted effort throughout the country to suppress Black History, which is, indeed, American History. It is a history that we must listen to in order to understand the richness and complicated existence of the United States. Just like the Roman powers and the colluding religious leaders of the time failed to erase the life and ministry of Jesus, these “Christian” attempts will not succeed. Ultimately, truth will prevail.
When? Not long….
I invite you to reflect upon Matthew 17:1-9, “The Transfiguration”, with me this Sunday as we learn a little bit about the legacy of Mr. Lewis and the voices that continue to be lifted up for our listening. See you at 10 am on Sunday, on Zoom or in the room.
Rev. Michael Cronin