MLK Day 2018: A New Means of Lynching

From last year. Still relevant.

Walking with The Wesleys.

This morning, I had the honor of being the Guest Speaker at the 26th Annual Pre-MLK Day Breakfast, sponsored by the Parker County, Texas NAACP Branch #6321. I spoke immediately after the viewing of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. A hard act to follow. Here is the text of that speech:

First and foremost, I would like to thank the Parker County branch of the NAACP for inviting me to speak this morning. It might seem a bit unusual for someone of Hispanic and Native American heritage to be speaking at an event to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. but when one takes the time to ponder that issue, it becomes clear that we, as communities of color, have shared much throughout our parallel history as a people.

Needless to say, the speech you just heard is one of the most important speeches in American…

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About Vince Gonzales

United Methodist Laity, married to a recent Seminary graduate seeking ordination. Active at all levels of the Church, I sit on the Board of The General Commission on Religion and Race of The United Methodist Church, one of our 13 UMC Agencies. I also am the Chair of the Racial and Social Justice Task Force of Churches Uniting in Christ, an ecumenical group of communions, dedicated to the reconciliation of ministries and fighting racism, as well as representing the UMC at Christian Churches Together's Hispanic/Latinx Ministry Gatherings. Additionally, I am one of two committee members from the South Central Jurisdiction serving on the DisAbility Ministries Committee of the UMC. My polity pendulum often swings to both extremes so one never knows what they might find on this page!
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