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Washington, DC, January 15, 2012

Washington National Cathedral Celebrates the Life and Mission of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day


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Washington, D.C. — The Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade, interim Cathedral dean, released the following statement in celebration of the Martin Luther King holiday:

“As we pause to reflect on the ministry and impact of Dr. King, we can celebrate the fact that our nation has shown a capacity for correction unusual in history. That capacity has been unevenly expressed, and our slowness to change course has been painfully experienced, but Dr. King and those who shared his work made the need for correction both obvious and possible in many significant areas of our common life.

“We needed Dr. King to point to the inhumanity of racism, unjust division, and enforced exclusion; we needed him to point out a new path of non-violence and to fix the ideal of equality as our guide on the national compass. Washington National Cathedral has been enlightened by his message and remains committed to his path, devoted to the end that his dream no longer be denied or deferred but made real for every human being.”

SOURCE: Washington National Cathedral

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