A message from Nancy S. Taylor, Senior Minister of Old South Church in Boston:
Today would be the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King’s 90th birthday. To honor the day and to honor the man – truly among the great prophets of Christianity and of America – Old South Church is airing his sermons and speeches all day, both out of doors onto Boylston Street where every single passerby cannot but hear his voice, and within the Sanctuary, where all who enter for respite or prayer, to wonder and wander, will be held captive by King’s remarkable voice, intonation and message.
This location at the Hub of the Hub of the Universe, this special platform for ministry, will proclaim from sidewalk and sanctuary: Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. In posters that accompany our broadcasting of King’s sermons and speeches we ask the question: How can you take up the cause? May this be your question today and tomorrow and in all of your tomorrows.
Every year on the anniversary of Dr. King’s birthday, I make it a practice to read or re-read at least one of his speeches, sermons, or letters. He was a remarkable intellect, as well as a moral giant.
Here are some options for you to consider: The Old South Gospel Choir is performing at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast in Boston again this year. This is the nation’s longest-running, and Boston’s premier event, dedicated to honoring the legacy of Dr. King. Senior Deacon Ralph Watson will be running an MLK Day Mobile Soup Kitchen. Come to the church at 10:30am, help prepare a warm, home cooked meal, pack it up and take to the streets to share it with our unhoused neighbors for whom the streets of Copley Square are home.
Did you know that the young Martin Luther King, while a student in Boston, sometimes worshipped with us? He listened to the preaching of our 18th Senior Minister, Dr. Frederick Meek, took notes of Meek’s sermons and fashioned some of his own sermons with reference to Dr. Meek’s. These references are noted in the King Papers. Did you know Coretta Scott once sang in our sanctuary with a Boston University Chorus?
How then, can you and I fail to rise to the dream he painted for us, the United States he imagined for us, the country he died trying make live up to the true meaning of our creed?
King did his work. Now it’s our turn. Let’s get on with it.