I had always hoped that this land might become a safe & agreeable Asylum to the virtuous & persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong -- George Washington, in a letter to Francis A. van der Camp 1788
I hope you haven't taken your Christmas decorations down yet. Strings of colorful lights blinking cheerily through the gloom of a chilly night in mid-January--what's not to love?
Give your holiday celebrations a fresh new twist by incorporating references to one of the Prince of Peace's most courageously nonviolent followers: the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
If you hail from the CD generation, I hope you haven't put away your collection of holiday music either. Here is a playlist of some of my favorite Christmas music made by African Americans.
The Best of Volume 2 Motown Christmas The Christmas Collection
"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"- Jackson 5
(amusing banter between Michael and his incredulous older brothers)
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Me" - The Supremes
(tender, with a sweet message:
Christmas with the Stars"Christmas brought me where you are/And heaven gave me life/I'm that friendly little star/You wish upon each night")"Purple Snowflakes" (Stereo Mix) - Marvin Gaye
(unique and haunting, in a minor key: "...pretty purple snowflakes/Here in our midst, we're surely blessed/Chestnuts roasting/Over the heat, gee ain't life sweet?/Tempters toasting)
"Ave Maria" - Aretha Franklin (wow!)Mahalia Jackson Silent Night, Holy Night
"Joy to the Woild" (love the N'Awlins accent!)A Very Special Christmas Live From Washington D.C
"No Room at the Inn" (upbeat in a soulful kind of way)
"Christmas in Hollis" - Run DMC
("I picket the wallet up then I took a pause/ Took out the license and it cold said 'Santa Claus'/ A million dollars in it, cold hundreds of g's/Enough to buy a boat and matching car with ease/But I'd never steal from Santa...")"Give Me One Reason" - Tracy Chapman and Eric Clapton
"Give me one reason to stay here/FOOTNOTES:
And I'll turn right back around"
Wonderfully ironic choice for a Christmas album because
Jesus : Heaven : Earth :: President Trump : Mar-A-Lago : Haiti
Do you know that some conservatives (not all) "have a problem with" making a holiday for MLK? I would remind those folks that there were some non-Caucasian veterans who had served bravely in WW2, Korea, and Vietnam, but before the Civil Rights movement in which Dr. King was a leader, they were often hassled and prevented from voting when they showed up to vote. There's something not at all right about that, to treat veterans that way, wouldn't you agree?
I understand the concern other conservatives have about uncontrolled immigration. Sure, security and the realities of the national debt require limits to how many refugees and immigrants we take in (there are other ways to help those we can't, which I've described here. To those of you, having an extreme view of these limitations, say "You have to go back" to anyone whose ancestors weren't from Europe, I would point out an excerpt from the correspondence of the United States' most famous founding father:
I had always hoped that this land might become a safe & agreeable Asylum to the virtuous & persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong -- George Washington, in a letter to Francis Adrian van der Camp 1788