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The American Civil Rights struggle can teach us a lot about love and forgiveness — especially that of loving our enemies.
“The black freedom struggle is the best example of bringing together the quest for unarmed truth and unconditional love in the face of American Terrorism for 400 years. Instead of a Black al-Qaeda you get Frederick Douglas and Martin Luther.” – Dr Cornel West
Of all the inspiring stories that have come from the Civil Rights struggle in America – one of the most powerful ones I’ve heard is the story of Rev. Wade Watts.
Years have now passed and the men who once sat gathered around the shade tree have grown old.
While they were once young, vibrant and full of life, the years have had their toil on them and they start to see the twilight of their lives.
Several of them have written accounts of their time with the teacher.
The tax collector did and was certain to include the story of that day under the shade tree.
The fisherman has spent the last 40 years or so travelling and building communities around the teachings of their teacher. He’s had very little time to write.
None of the men had any clue as to what the future would hold when they first followed the teacher. They had no clue that within three short years he would be captured by the religious authorities, be accused of heresy and sentenced to execution by the Roman authorities.
They were certain he was ready to lead them to a revolution to overtake their oppressors.