Having a day being faithfully celebrated as "Martin Luther King, Jr. Day" in America, brings so much to mind and heart. These days are, of course, so we will remember important days and courageous people - especially those that continue to form us as a country, into being people like the folks of courage who gave their lives witnessing for truth, and right.
My great memory is of the phone call that came not long after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Edina Schools' Superintendent, Dr. Spencer Myers, said they were gathering the high school students and faculty together in the gymnasium the next day, and they didn't know what to say to them. "Could Arthur come to speak to us?" was their request.
They knew that Colonial Church cared about the kids of our community, and had preached peace and justice, and acted peace and justice in that tumultuous decade of so many tragic assassinations. They wanted a word of faith for their students, some message of hope and love.
I went, of course. It was an honor to go on such a day to speak hope and healing to the young generation of Americans.
I am sad to realize that they might not ask a minister to speak on such a day today. But they did then, praise God. And that is part of Edina's history, and my history, and maybe America's history.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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