Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.
The Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton details the path forward to reach equality, and recalls his own experience as a Black man in America. Sutton, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, speaks to the status of racial equality in the U.S., detailing four important steps: civil conversations; social critique; condemning racist language and behavior; and financial reparations.
Formerly the canon pastor of Washington National Cathedral and director of its Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage, Sutton has also served as a college chaplain, parish priest, and professor of homiletics and liturgy at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.
“When I speak today … I’m speaking as one who had to overcome what a society was telling him and all of his friends,” Sutton says. “Where are we now, 50 years after King? Are we better now than we were when I was growing up?”
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