Check out Adelle Banks’s piece at Religion News Service on a recent event sponsored by Baylor University’s program in Washington D.C. I am encouraged when I hear conservative Robert George and progressive Cornel West working together to find common ground. At this event they discussed the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Here is a taste of Banks’s article:
West said he’s had to answer critics who can’t understand how he travels around the country with George: “I say, ‘Have you met him? Have you sat down and talked with him?’”
They sat onstage, comfortably taking turns highlighting how King had crossed divides in search of his goal of a “beloved community.”
West and George agree that the emphasis on King should be on his role as a Christian minister, though his civil rights activism is also grounded in his being a product of the black community.
“The last thing we ever want to do with Brother Martin is view him as some isolated icon on a pedestal to be viewed in a museum,” said West, professor of the practice of public philosophy at Harvard University. “He’s a wave in an ocean, a tradition of a people for 400 years so deeply hated, but taught the world so much about love and how to love.”
Read the rest here.
If you enjoyed this piece, you may also enjoy West and George discussing the liberal arts and the purpose of education: