Never confuse position with power. Pharaoh had a position, but Moses had the power. Herod had a position, but John had the power. The cross had a position, but Jesus had the power. Lincoln had a position, but Douglass had the power. Woodrow Wilson had a position, but Ida B. Wells had the power. George Wallace had a position, but Rosa Parks had the power. Lyndon Baines Johnson had a position, but Martin Luther King had the power. We have the power. Don’t you ever forget.
—The Reverend Otis Moss III riffing on a sermon that originated with the Reverend Frederick D. Haynes III
The “we” is the Black Church, mainstay in the search for racial justice.
~ submitted by Richard Russell
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