Pride (In the Name of Love) – U2

A good friend of mine was a superfan of the Irish rock band U2 when I was a teen, and she made us all fans too, playing her favorite tapes repeatedly. I can still recall hearing this song for the first time in her Mom’s woody-bodied Buick Estate station wagon. The chorus was catchy, and we learned it quickly, belting it out. I must admit that although I loved the song, I didn’t realize until a few years ago that it was about Martin Luther King, Jr.  Bono, the lead singer of the band, was so moved by MLK’s life and vision for love and equality that he composed this gem. The You Tube video in the link above is short, but full of historical footage that always brings tears to my eyes. Grab a tissue, take a moment, and reflect on the way MLK’s leadership has left an indelible impression on all of us today.

I am also so happy that for the first time, MLK Day is now a recognized holiday at Vista Maria. In a world that needs peace, inclusion, and justice more than ever, it makes sense that we would honor the memory of a great man taken too soon. How ever you spend the day, do it with love, as Dr. King would do.

“I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Where Do We Go From Here” Address