Wednesday, January 17, 2007


TCASK Features Prominently in MLK Celebrations

So this post probably should have happened yesterday, but we were waiting to find some pictures that never really materialized. Our apologies.

In any case, on Monday, TCASK took part in the annual celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a prophet of our time, whose message of nonviolence has been the foundation of many of our social movements. In Nashville, members of TCASK took part in the annual march to TSU, and then staffed a table and distributed literature to the hundreds of people present. TCASK also sported the coolest banners of the march, 7-foot tall banners bearing King's message against capital punishment, thanks to the inspiration and hard work of James Staub and David Wright LaGrone! Shout out!

In Clarksville, I was privileged to attend the Clarksville NAACP Branch's ceremony celebrating the life of Dr. King, and looking ahead to making his dream a reality in our own time. I was inspired to heard children read their essays on this subject, and to be recognized for the work that TCASK does amid that august assembly. TCASK has already been invited to speak at several community churches after my visit.

Dr. King's life was a testament to the power of love over hate, and violence over non-violence. King was inspired by Ghandi's old saying that an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. As we gather, each year, to honor King, a man who died because of hate, we should reflect on our state's own official policy of sanctifying violence and vengeance.

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