Scandalize My Name

Story seeds.  History seeds.  Music Seeds.   This Martin Luther King birthday  we are playing songs from MLK’s life in our home.  Planting seeds.  Nurturing those seeds.   So our little boys grow up knowing that great men and women lived and fought to make room for alittle more justice and alittle more love in this world. There is a recording of Roland Hayes singing, “Scandalize My Name” that haunted me for years when I first heard it.   I am working on locating a file I can share….in the meantime, I am listening on this MLK Holiday to the great Paul Robeson’s recording of that song.  Bracketing the song with Nina Simone singing, “Balm in Gilead”, and the great Mahalia Jackson singing,”How I Got Over.” from the 1963 March on Washington. From Martin Luther’s Kings speech from 1968 in Atlanta: “Every now and then I think about my own death, and I think about my own funeral. Every now and then I ask myself, “What is it that I would want said?” And I leave the word to you this morning. If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. Every now and then I wonder what I want them to say. Tell them not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize, that isn’t important. Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred other awards, that’s not important. Tell him not to mention where I went to school. I’d like somebody to mention that day, that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others. I’d like for somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody.  …….I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.”