Monday Music–Bonus Edition

Happy Martin Luther King Day, everybody.

Do you know the story of this song (and album)? U2 were touring America in 1983 and 1984 in support of their War album, just on the verge of stardom, and they came through Chicago with a day to kill. Staying downtown, they wandered around a bit and came upon the Peace Museum, which was then housed in River North near the Merchandise Mart, where, it is said, they were dazzled with the story of Martin Luther King and the non-violent movement.

The movement, and their experiences in America, became the inspiration for their 1985 album, The Unforgettable Fire, which included this song, which truly launched them into stardom.

MLK Day Required Reading

Oh, sure, you’ll hear a lot about the Dream speech today, and (don’t get me wrong) it’s a great speech, but I vastly prefer “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.

If you haven’t read it in awhile, give it a read today. It will be time well spent…

I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.