Earlier this week, I read in the news that relatives of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr are making a rare trip to Memphis on Thursday, on the anniversary of his assassination, to speak on the rising threat of political violence, especially in an election year.

Relatives of King do not generally make the pilgrimage to Memphis, and certainly not as a family unit, but have said they felt it was necessary to do so during a presidential election year in which the US is so divided and violent rhetoric is becoming routine. “This is the first year that we are going back as a family to Memphis, and we felt that it was extraordinarily important to be there in that spot this year,” King III’s wife, Andrea Waters King, told Axios.

Reading this story, combined with the physical and verbal vitriol in our cities and the terrible wars worldwide, brought to mind John Lennon’s song, Give Peace A Chance.  

The refrain from Lennon’s song, “All we are saying is give peace a chance,” became an anthem for the baby boomers during the turbulent 60’s and early 70’s. 

Perhaps it is time to start singing it again. 

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