April 4th, 2010
12:43 PM ET

Martin Luther King's Easter message

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Eddie S. Glaude
Special to CNN

All around the world this weekend, Christians are celebrating Easter. For them, this holiest of days announces that death does not have the final word and that eternal life awaits those who would just believe.

Sunday also marks the anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death. Forty-two years ago, an assassin's bullet took his life as he struggled to secure the promises of American democracy for the children of slaves. His sacrifice, along with countless others, helped usher in a new chapter in American life - one that prepared the way for the election of our nation's first African-American president.

Every now and again, the convergence of significant historical moments occasions a time for serious reflection. How might we think about the significance of the resurrection of Jesus and the martyrdom of Martin Luther King, Jr. to the lives we currently live as Americans? What lessons does Easter hold for us? And what does remembering King's death teach us?


April 4th, 2010
07:30 AM ET

Dear President Obama #440: Notes from a pew near the back

Reporter's Note: Shortly before President Obama took office he asked people to let him know what they are thinking. I’ve been doing so every single day since his inauguration. I think I am developing carpal tunnel.

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

Easter is interesting in that, despite various trappings of secularism (the big nocturnal bunny comes to mind,) it remains a pretty hard core religious holiday; unlike Christmas which is pretty much a free-for-all in terms of how people mark its passage. For some Christmas is just a good time, for some it is all about families, for some it is about gifts and sales, and for some it is about faith…you know how it goes. But Easter stands alone.

My father pointed out in one of his sermons long ago that Easter really is the most important day of the year for Christians. While the birth of Jesus is important, we’ve all been through that. The idea of coming back from death, however, is in some ways the very essence of the promise that faith can conquer all.

I find many things in my faith plenty puzzling; and I often wonder how much of it is factual and how much is allegorical. Not that it makes a difference to me. I still believe in God and find comfort in the idea that he, she, or it is present in my world, even if I can’t always understand what God is up to or why. Certainly I would not claim to have enough understanding to start ripping into other folks’ faiths, unless of course those faiths start acting more like political groups or governments and pushing people around.