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Rev. Lowery

Okay, this guy is like my new favorite preacher. Granted, that assessment is based on very little other than the benediction that he delivered at Pres Obama's inauguration yesterday. If you watched it, you know what I'm referring to. This guy worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. and has seen MLK's dream realized in Obama's presidency (commentary on lingering racism in 21st America for another discussion). As Rev. Lowery neared the end of his benediction, he closed with these words:


With your hands of power and your heart of love, help us then, now, Lord, to work for that day when nations shall not lift up sword against nation, when tanks will be beaten into tractors, when every man and every woman shall sit under his or her own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid, when justice will roll down like waters and righteousness as a mighty stream.

Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around...

(LAUGHTER)

... when yellow will be mellow...

(LAUGHTER)

LOWERY: ... when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen.


Absolutely amazing. It was a priceless moment and I just couldn't pass up the chance to share it with you if you missed it.

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