Sunday at the 10 am service, St. Michael’s welcomes Robert E Lee descendant the Rev. Robert Lee IV as our guest preacher. Rev. Lee is an author, activist, and preacher; a native of North Carolina; and recent graduate of Duke University Divinity School.
Recently, Rev. Lee has been engaged as an activist in the field of racial reconciliation. He participated in the MTV Video Music awards with the following remarks:
My name is Robert Lee IV, I’m a descendant of Robert E. Lee, the Civil War general whose statue was at the center of violence in Charlottesville. We have made my ancestor an idol of white supremacy, racism, and hate. As a pastor, it is my moral duty to speak out against racism, America’s original sin.
Today, I call on all of us with privilege and power to answer God’s call to confront racism and white supremacy head-on. We can find inspiration in the Black Lives Matter movement, the women who marched in the Women’s March in January, and, especially, Heather Heyer, who died fighting for her beliefs in Charlottesville.
Later on “The View,” after leaving the congregation he served after fallout from the speech, he discussed the need to confront white supremacy and white privilege in white churches:
Please join us in welcoming Rev. Lee back to New York and to St. Michael’s.