A meditation on Muhammad Ali.
“I’m not just a boxer. I do a lot of reading, a lot of studying. I ask questions, I’ll go out, travel these countries, I’ll watch how their people live, and I learn. And I always asked my mother, I said, ‘Mother, how come is everything white?’… if I threaten you, I’m going to blackmail you. I said, ‘Momma, why don’t they call it ‘whitemail’? They lie too.’ I was always curious. And then this is when I knew something was wrong.” (Muhammad Ali)
Offered on Sunday, February 18, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg. The conclusion of a three-part series in celebration of Black History and Black Futures, listening to the lives and teachings of Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Muhammad Ali.
From the meditation:
"These three men—Malcolm X, MLK, and Muhammad Ali—were global leaders,
people of expansive and generous vision,
concerned for themselves, and their families, their neighborhoods and their people,
and rightly so,
and without compromise, also
concerned for us all.
For each of these people—Malcolm X, MLK, and Muhammad Ali—
there lives are filled
not only with speeches and acts of incredible bravery in the fight for justice—
but with countless acts of kindness, countless acts of love
toward every kind of person, in every walk of life.
They answered the call
to fight for justice,
and in direct contradiction to the way the world portrayed them,
their response to the call of justice
made them people of legendary compassion.
They were uncompromisingly, deeply
as they fought the brutal fight for justice."
Photo by John Stewart, 1977.
- Religion & Spirituality