“We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice”.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
I’m using this quote to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as the inauguration of our new president. These words were actually borrowed from the anti-slavery Unitarian minister Theodore Parker who wrote in the 19th century, “I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.”
President Obama used the King quote frequently and even had the words woven into a rug in the White House.
In this time of sadness and violence, these are hopeful words that I hold close to my heart because I do believe the arc of the universe bends towards justice, but it needs our hands to bend it far enough to change our world for the better.