Martin Luther King Jr., A Legacy Remembered


Parishioners from around our Memphis Diocese safely gathered with masks and social distancing at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and joyfully celebrated Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s incredible legacy with a special mass on Monday, January 18.

The Mass was highlighted by music from members of the St. Augustine choir, attendance from Bishop Emeritus Steib and a moving homily from Bishop Talley.

Bishop Talley stated that we must constantly remember that Dr. King stood for equal rights for all. For all colors, nationalities, creeds and gender. His faith and politics were integrated and always focused on human flourishing. We must never lose sight that the Church is called to do the same.

As we hold Dr. King’s legacy in our hands, stated Bishop Talley, I often wonder what we will do with it. I believe we have a need to be supportive of one another always and to speak clearly against anything—antisemitism, racial prejudice, sexism–that would take away from a human’s life.

My hope is we will remember his teachings as words we can embody in the way that we live our lives and not only words that we repeat merely to hear ourselves out loud, explained Bishop Talley. Let’s use his words as a tool to help us remember that we must always try for peace all day and help create equality for all.


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