Something in the Water: A 21st Century Civil Rights Odyssey

Something in the Water: A 21st Century Civil Rights Odyssey

by Michael W. Waters

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Overview

Pastor, award-winning author, and rising civil rights leader Michael W. Waters (Stakes Is High, For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World) ruminates on the sacred places and spaces he visited as part of a cross-country trek in 2019-2020 through America's racial history.

From reflections on the river's edge where Emmett Till's body was recovered and the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and to more recent sites of racial violence like the Charleston church massacre and El Paso mass shooting, to the halls of government for Waters' prayer before the U.S. House of Representatives and his convicting speech before the Dallas City Council to remove Confederate statues, Waters connects our racist past with the current sociological and political climate, offering challenges and hope.

From poems and prayers to sermons and eulogies, from rally cries to commentaries, Something in the Water illuminates not just our present struggles, but also the hope and belief in a better day to come. Ultimately, Waters challenges us to consider our role, collectively and individually, in the troubled waters of racism, and what we are willing to do to create something better.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780827235496
Publisher: APG Sales & Distribution
Publication date: 01/12/2021
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 511,558
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Michael W. Waters is founding pastor of Abundant Life African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in Dallas, Texas, one of the newest and fastest-growing A.M.E. churches in the state. As a pastor, professor, author, community leader, and social commentator, his words of hope and empowerment inspire national and international audiences.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1

Introduction 3

Poems and Petitions 25

God Grieves: Contemplations amid Tragedy 26

A Prayer for Holy Soles 27

The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me 29

I Resist: A Prayer for the Nation 32

1619-Until 33

Today 34

I Believe. 36

Where Hope Is Found 37

Dallas: America's Capital of Functional White Supremacy 39

Laments and Public Liturgies 57

Something in the Water! 58

Why We March 64

Get Away, Jordan: A Eulogy for Jordan Edwards 67

A Brief Translation of What Folk Actually Mean When They Oppose Our Resistance 69

Wake Up and Stay Woke! 71

To Hell with H.U.G.S.! 78

You Gonna Learn Today! 84

The Valley 90

Where Do We Go from Here? 96

Show Up! 102

How Much is Malcolm X's Legacy Worth to You? 109

Wakanda Forever! 112

I'm All the Way Up! 122

If These Walls Could Talk 128

Prophetic Proclamations 133

Can I Live? 134

Reconcile or Resist? 139

Hands Up! 142

Mourning Mothers, White Flowers, and Steep Steps to Justice 146

It's Time to Resurrect the Radical King! 148

A Radical Dream 152

Why We Can't Wait… to Tear Down Confederate Monuments 155

The Fire This Time 158

An Empty Warrior 161

Thank God for African Angels! 166

Conclusion: Can a Virus Heal America? 172

Epilogue 186

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