… I share with you a contemporaneous speech that you probably haven’t heard (of).
Just before Dr. King took the stage to deliver his I Have a Dream speech at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the grandfather of one of my most treasured friends took the podium and delivered this short, stirring, still-apropos address. Since you are all presumably familiar with the former… let me introduce to you, today, the latter:
When I was the rabbi of the Jewish community in Berlin under the Hitler regime, I learned many things. The most important thing that I learned under those tragic circumstances was that bigotry and hatred are not ‘the most urgent problem.’ The most urgent, the most disgraceful, the most shameful and the most tragic problem is silence.