Martin Luther King Jr

King's Religion Today

By: Jacqueline C. Rivers

A deep-rooted faith in the person of Jesus and a pervasive application of the theology of the Black Church were the powerhouses of the life of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. King was a son of the Black Church, raised in Ebenezer Baptist Church by his clergyman father. Since the founding of the first black denomination in the eighteenth century, a major focus of the Black Church has been the pursuit of racial and social justice for its members. This was not merely a matter of convenience arising from the oppression and suffering that were pervasive in black life. The central motif in blacks’ understanding of Christianity is the Exodus narrative. For blacks, the Civil War and the resulting emancipation of the slaves were acts of divine justice and their own personal exodus story. God is the deliverer who rescues the oppressed and scatters our enemies before us. Since, as his children, the Black Church bears the imago Dei, we too fight injustice and rescue the downtrodden.

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Religion Is the Heart of the Civil Rights Movement

By: Alveda C. King

"But let judgment roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream." - Amos 5:24  

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quoted this powerful scripture in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. He believed God's word. He took his Bible—the one President Obama placed his hand on during his 2013 inauguration—very seriously; so seriously that he repeatedly risked his life to proclaim its message of love for God and love for neighbor. 

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