Income inequality is a fact of life–the consistent presence of the poor is mentioned in Leviticus, which dates to the 7th century BCE, yet in every age there have arisen prophets who call societies to build a more equitable economic system. In the 20th century, the Unitarian Universalist Whitney Young was the “money guy” in the Big Six leadership pantheon of the Civil Rights movement, and he advised presidents Kennedy through Nixon. As we celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday weekend, Interim Minister Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will lift up the story of this great UU leader as a frame for addressing inequality today.
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