I received this email today from Marty King…
I have pulled out my precious copy of The Struggle Is One, a present from Mev, inscribed to us. I cannot put it down, and am reminded what a master she was as an interviewer. She fleshes out liberation theology with the real and wonderful people who were living it, she makes you care. It no longer is a concept, it is their, and I hope, to an extent, our life. She writes to us on the title page,”hope these stories inspire you! I love you both.” They do, and she still does, almost twenty years later.
I have read her book many times, and each time I do, I fall in.
I can walk back into the favelas, smell the terra rocha
And see the children’s eyes.
I can swing again in the hammocks,
And play with Joao’s beautiful daughters in the Amazon,
Sit in the rickety plastic chairs, and listen to brave women
Like Maria, Goreth, and Ivone.
And I smile and cry at the photo from Joao Pessoa,
As the menino with his chupeta looks straight at us.
Mev is there for me, too, just out of sight.