Today is a day that I often glaze over. I do not give it much thought nor do I give it the respect it deservers.
Today is Martin Luther King day. And instead of going about my typical tradition of glazing over an important day I thought I would share a little something I found out about Martin Luther King and the best band in the entire world.
Martin Luther King stood for something very simple and yet profoundly difficult to do and that was the love of your neighbors. In a time of racial tension, anger, and hurt, Martin Luther King stood as a man who led a movement of peace and awareness that has forever changed history.
in 1984 the band U2 (the above band mentioned before as being the greatest band ever) released an album entitled “the Unforgettable Fire” that contained a song that captured what Martin Luther King was all about. The song, Pride, In the Name of Love was originally a song about Ronald Reagen that Bono (lead singer) was working on thinking about the kind that comes before a fall. But it wasn’t working, and he began to get the feeling he was going to have to switch paths.
Here is how the book “the Stories Behind Every U2 Song” talks about it:
The band had been to the Chicago Peace Museum and were impressed by the exhibit there dedicated to the black civil rights leader Martin Luther King. Shifting emphasis to the kind of pride that King had inspired black people, Bono sensed that there was an entirely different song to be written.
At the core of the song there is a series of images that Bono paints for the listener to catch what the picture of resistance that he talks about in the song:
In honor of Martin Luther King I want to remember his cry for peace and love among brothers and sisters.
Listen to the song below and let it get stuck in your head. It will be a great reminder of what MLK stood for.
May we all be reminded what pride is all about.