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Can we undo racism? That was the name of a two-day workshop I recently attended with colleagues. Undoing Racism. An ambitious and bold title for a two-day workshop, don’t you think? The facilitators were fabulous. They let us know up front that this was the beginning of a conversation, not a “how to fix this,” and a challenging thought process that would likely, hopefully, get in our bones and force us to ask new questions and seek better answers. There is so much to say about this workshop. I hope to share more about my growing understanding of not only the deeply rooted institutional and structural racism which has greatly benefited me at an unacceptable price to so many others, but also about how my increasing awareness and understanding of the issues changes how I act, think, choose and love. However, on this day when the nation remembers Martin Luther King Jr., I want to simply share this video I found where a church group in Nashville sang the moving James Taylor song “Shed a Little Light” to images of and quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.  I’ve included the lyrics to the first verse and chorus as they are worth reading in addition to listening to the entire song. Enjoy.

Shed a Little Light

Let us turn our thoughts today
To Martin Luther King
And recognize that there are ties between us
All men and women
Living on the Earth
Ties of hope and love
Sister and brotherhood
That we are bound together
In our desire to see the world become
A place in which our children
Can grow free and strong
We are bound together
By the task that stands before us
And the road that lies ahead
We are bound and we are bound

There is a feeling like the clenching of a fist
There is a hunger in the center of the chest
There is a passage through the darkness and the mist
And though the body sleeps the heart will never rest

Shed a little light, oh Lord
So that we can see
Just a little light, oh Lord
Wanna stand it on up
Stand it on up, oh Lord
Wanna walk it on down
Shed a little light, oh Lord