Monday, January 17, 2011

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fought the Battle of Jericho

I have Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to thank, in large part, for my ability to share some of my closest friendships and to have lived some of my most transformative personal experiences. Without Dr. King's courageous leadership, there is no doubt that my ability to live with and to work with people of different skin colors than my own would have been greatly limited. My window into different cultures--and even my view of Christianity--would have been much different, and much less rich and informed. So today I join with many others to celebrate Dr. King's influence on my own life and that of my nation and to mourn his untimely passing.

Here's a great video of Dr. King on a happy day, being honored, most appropriately, by friends and supporters led in song by the great Gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson. It's a wonderful moment:

Joshua fought the battle of Jericho,
Jericho, Jericho,
Joshua fought the battle of Jericho,
And the walls came tumbling down!

You may talk about your men of Gideon,
You may talk about your men of Saul,
But there's none like good old Joshua
And the battle of Jericho!


Right up to the walls of Jericho
They marched with spear in hand;
"Go blow them ram horns," Joshua cried,
"Cause the battle is in my hand."


  1. Great music! Very inspirational and uplifting!

  2. Two greats who were also friends, in the same room. You gotta love it!