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1.24.2008

go down, moses

Everytime I think the Colbert Report is as funny as it can get, he proves me wrong.

For those of you who don't follow the show, Stephen Colbert has decided that he needs a new black friend (he had a falling out with his old black friend). So he's holding auditions. Monday night, his guest was Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta, former US Ambassador to the UN, and civil rights leader who's the last surviving member of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s inner circle. After a very entertaining interview, the show closed with a, um, tribute to the Colbert Report writers who are still on strike. It features Colbert, Young, Malcolm Gladwell (author of Blink), and the Harlem Gospel Choir in a truly unique musical number:

4 Comments:

Blogger Roger said...

Joseph Lowery, head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and one of King's closest advisors and friends was part of a "Day Without Violence" event in Austin 7 years ago, co-sponsored by our church. He preached an incredible sermon on the following Sunday...and he is very much alive....as is Jessie who spoke here last year...so Andrew Young is not the last surviving member...

Thursday, January 24, 2008 1:28:00 PM

 
Blogger texasinafrica said...

Okay, that goes to show I shouldn't take my information off of the Colbert Report.

Thursday, January 24, 2008 2:13:00 PM

 
Blogger Roger said...

but it is incredibly funny

Thursday, January 24, 2008 2:56:00 PM

 
Blogger Michael Westmoreland-White, Ph.D. said...

It was funny, but I was about to comment on that "last surviving member of inner circle" nonsense that Colbert said, too. Rev. C.T. Vivien is still alive. So is Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker. Both were part of the "inner circle" of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference almost from the beginning.

And what about Jesse Jackson? He didn't come in until later ('64), but he quickly became part of the inner circle.

Thursday, January 24, 2008 10:10:00 PM

 

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