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George Wallace, Martin Luther King Jr., and the power of forgiveness

Posted on AllSides January 15th, 2021
From The Center
race and racism, segregation, forgiveness, George Wallace, Martin Luther King Jr

Reflecting on George Wallace’s 1963 promise of “segregation forever” and his 1979 apology to the congregation where Martin Luther King Jr. used to preach, our commentator learns that “forgiveness controls the future.”

As this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day approached, my thoughts turned to George Wallace, who for years as governor of Alabama opposed King at every turn – and then apologized.

The pathos of Wallace’s full-circle story took me away from weighing and measuring whether one deserves forgiveness to the artesian dimensions of the heart, where only unconditional...

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