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Look Who's In The Stands

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Margaret Banks

on 19 May 2015

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Transcript of Look Who's In The Stands

Look Who's In The Stands
On January 18, 2015, I had the pleasure to hear Dr. Jeremiah Wright preach at the Progressive National Baptist Convention's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service.
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Services in Dr. King's memory are a staple in the Black Baptist Church and most sermons are centered on a similar message as echoes of Dr. King's voice ring throughout sanctuaries.
But Rev. Wright took a different approach that evening. He preached a message of encouragement, but instead of calling on King's "I Have A Dream", he charged the congregation to "Look In The Stands!"
He painted a image for us, speaking of a relay race in the mid of summer. Rounding the bend, we begun to feel doubtful as the opponents grew dangerously close.
And that's when Wright encouraged us to look in the stands. There, there are runners who have passed this way before watching, waiting and cheering us on.

For Wright, this race becomes a metaphor for the African American experience in the US. We often hear that we are where we are today because of those before us.
Wright pushes this further and notes that these people are now in the stands looking after us.
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