Hope, Despair and the Blues

Yesterday, composer and arranger Randall Keith Horton led the Boston University Big Band and the Inner Strength Gospel Choir in a wonderful tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, entitled “Hope, Despair, and the Blues.” All the speakers and musicians were delightful, and the rendition of “Don’t Get Down on Your Knees to Pray (Until You have Forgiven Everyone)” was particularly powerful. It really felt like Dr. King’s spirit was in the room while the musicians were performing.

If Dr. King were alive today, what would he say? I suspect he would wholeheartedly endorse the campaign to invest $1 trillion dollars on public schools, not the so-called ‘modernization’ of America’s nuclear arsenal.

“It is no longer a choice between violence and non-violence in this world. It is non-violence or non-existence.”

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