Junius Williams blew my sox off yesterday at the Coalition's 12th annual Dr. King Celebration : he talked about how as a young SNCC member he often opposed MLK as too slow, too old-fashioned, too unrevolutionary, and that he now has come to see the deep radical quality of Dr. King's vision-- he quoted King saying that the solution to poverty was going to be a guaranteed annual income! Wow!
And me thinking Yes! As a young SDS'er, I too, we too -- undervalued King, etc. Williams went to Newark at the call of Tom Hayden. He broke into song a few times, which I loved. Did religious riffs– did he have a religious conversion as well as a learned appreciation of King?
The service this year was at Morrow Memorial, co-sponsored by South Orange First Baptist. A lot of mention of Chip Madsen’s death, a terrific jazz group with a brilliant drummer and soprano saxophone.
All that, and a second term for our beloved, mildly progressive president.