Thursday, June 29, 2006

one more for the list

The words are carefully written in pencil on top of a page torn from spiral notebooks: “Loving Your Enemies.” They are scribbled hastily on a torn, creased sheet, cutting across its ruled lines: “We come to the seat of government.” They are squeezed into the yellowed margins of annotated books: “Religion must work here.” They are written on a frayed slip of paper, folded as if long-carried in a wallet: “Gandhi speaks for us.”

And they are sometimes reused, evolving from a quickly penned phrase on the back of a typescript -- “Today the whirlwinds of revolt are shaking our nation” – into something more resonant: “The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.”

From the notes and writings of Martin Luther King (as reported in this morning’s NYT), recently on the auction block at Sotheby’s, and just acquired by Morehouse College (thank god) for an undisclosed sum.

The exhibition will be cut short as a result of the acquisition – it comes down at 1pm today. (Run.)

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