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Loyola University Maryland
Bending the arc of justice
Bending the arc of justice

In 1853, Unitarian minister and abolitionist Theodore Parker said that he did not understand the arc of the moral universe, and though it was long, he was sure that it was bending toward justice. In a speech in Montgomery, Ala., 112 years later, Rev. Martin Luther King, when asked about how long it would take to see social justice, responded that it would not take long because the arc of the moral universe was bending toward justice. It has been almost 50 years since then, and with everything that has happened over the past four months — from the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner to the grand jury decisions not to indict the officers who killed them — it feels as if the...