The Village and LaToria Release ‘Walk With You’ for Anniversary of MLK’s Death
The Village released this song to honor the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. It proclaims his message of racial justice and harmony and reminds us of the gospel call to push back the darkness and pursue love and unity. The song was performed at this year’s MLK50 Conference in Memphis, Tennessee.
“I am beyond honored to have had the chance to play a part in this song. With the current social climate being what it is, it seemed like a prime opportunity to create this type of resource. After spending some time in prayer, I decided to write each verse in such a way that it gave people of color a voice and our white brothers and sisters some insight into what it can feel like to be a person of color. I felt it was important to put into words how we feel. I also wanted to express a charge for all believers, a reminder of what we should be modeling for the onlooking world that doesn’t know Jesus as Lord and Savior. It’s clear that we have been born and raised in a world where racism, racial bias, and partiality exist. It’s up to our generation to acknowledge it for what it is, repent where we have wrongly benefited from it and choose to move forward in spite of those realities in a way that glorifies Christ and sets us apart from the rest of the world. Racial harmony should be the goal for us all, but it’s important to recognize that white Christians and Christians of color have different roles to play and unique responsibilities to reach that end. Learning those roles and walking them out to the glory of God is part of the sanctification process and journey that we’re all on,” said LaToria.