"Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around - when yellow will be mellow - when the red man can get ahead, man - and when white will embrace what is right."
Obama reacted to the benediction with a smile.The crowd cheered and scream with a loud "Amen." However, talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Lowery's prayer "offended" and was "far more memorable than the inaugural address by President Obama." It was nothing wrong with that prayer.
Rick Warren was there to speak to the mainstream white evangelicals and I had no problem with that .So, why is there a problem with having Lowery there to speak to his generation, the struggle and the black church? They each had an audience, and they spoke to it. There isn't just one accepted way Christianity or religion can be expressed and Rick Warren is not the only voice at the table. Most white American should have learned early on during the Rev. Wright foolishness that older black Americans represent a different church, period.
Joseph Lowery earned his right to give that benediction the hard way. Does anyone think the civil rights struggle is over just because Obama got elected? His benediction was totally appropriate.