This past week, we lost two prophets of the racial justice movement - and you may have heard much more about one than the other. John Lewis was an incredible witness to love, justice and persistence and there is much more to say about him next week. This week, we focus on C.T. Vivian.
"Leadership," Vivian once said, "is found in the action to defeat that which would defeat you. You are made by the struggles you choose." C.T. Vivian was a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a key leader in the struggle for voting rights and a consistent nonviolent presence in the fight to desegregate lunch counters in the 1960's South. Not unlike John Lewis, Vivian marched in Selma, was beaten nearly to death, nearly drowned off a Florida beach by a mob, jailed numerous times and still remained faithful to the vision that none of us are free if any of us are in bondage. "Blacks have a condition," he wrote, "not a problem. Whites have the problem, racism, that creates our condition."
You are made by the struggles you choose. Indeed.
This week, I invite you to consider what particular struggle you are called to choose. How can you be faithful to the work that is yours? What companions do you need along the road?