Intellectual and controversial speaker Dr. Cornel West said:

As the speaker at the 2010 Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service in Atlanta, GA, Dr. West admonished the congregation, in love. Father Frank Pavone participated as a soloist for the rendering of “We Shall Overcome.” Yours truly had a seat as an honored relative of Dr. King.
Dr. West took agape love and the beloved community as a theme. He said many things, including that his mother said don’t be proud and arrogant as peacocks, because “peacocks strut because they can’t fly.” He said justice is what love looks like in public. He said that Martin Luther King, Jr. didn’t grow up in a vaacum, but that Martin had “deep love injections” from his nurturing family. Saying “I love Jesus, and I am washed in the blood,” Dr. West said that “redeemed sinners see the world through eyes of the heart.” He said that we should regard people from the “womb to the tomb.”
He encouraged the listeners to “keep the love flowing” even as he admonished the people.
Princeton University scholar Cornel West delivered a passionate keynote address at Ebenezer Baptist Church to commemorate King’s 81st birthday and mark the 25th federal observance of the holiday. He told the crowd to remember King’s call to help others and not simply enshrine his legacy in “some distant museum.”
King should be remembered as a vital person whose powerful message was once even considered dangerous by the FBI, West said at the church where King preached from 1960 until his assassination in 1968. West also reflected that President Obama is currently the smiling face on the same government that tried to destroy Dr. King 30 years ago.
“I don’t want to give Dr. King a Santa Clause face. I don’t want to sanitize Martin Luther King Jr.,” said West, who teaches in Princeton’s Center for African American Studies and is the author of “Race Matters” and 19 other books.
He later added, “I don’t know about you, but I don’t even mention his name without shivering and shuddering.”
Advice about Obama
Speaking days before the anniversary of Obama’s inauguration, West also told the mostly black audience to hold Obama’s administration accountable even as they celebrate his historic presidency.
He said that President Obama’s election was like putting a foot on the brakes for America.
“Even with your foot on the brake, there are too many precious brothers and sisters under the bus,” West said of Obama. “Where is the talk about poverty? We’ve got to protect him and respect him, but we’ve also got to correct him if the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is going to stay alive.”

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