Martin Luther King Jr

City of Omaha Remembers

Remembers.  Honors.  Observes.  Thinks About.  In general, a good direction to go for such an incredible man.  And yet, is it enough?  Today I am humbled and honored to share the Invocation as the City of Omaha celebrates a day to remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Is it enough, for ANY city, simply to say a few words, perhaps show a few photos, recite a few quotes, sing a few songs, and share a snack?  In 2017 we have as much work to do as Dr. King was doing before he was murdered on April 4th, 1968 (only 58 years ago!)

Have we all forget his lessons?  Do we share quotes because they make us feel good?  How can we be apathetic in a time that the KKK officially endorses the person soon to be our sitting president?  Yes, these are hard remarks to hear, and processes.  And they are as necessary today, as when Dr. King, Malcolm, Medgar, Thurgood, Booker, Ella, Rosa, and many others walked the walk, talked the talk, and fought the good fight.

Today, I challenge each of us to give serious thought to our own civil rights, our civil liberties, our human rights, and those inalienable rights that all seem to be on a slippery slope right now.  I close with words the are echoing in my ears…

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Regardless of who we are, where we are from, who we love, or what we believe we must speak out for injustice, to support equity, freedom, and that which oppresses any human being from being.

Rev. Royal Carleton, Chaplain