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50 Years Later: 'Mindless Violence' Speech Still Resonates
50 Years Later: 'Mindless Violence' Speech Still Resonates

By: Curtis Ramsey-Lucas
In the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.'s, assassination, Robert Kennedy spoke of "mindless menace of violence in America, which again stains our land and every one of our lives." It still stains us today.

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Poor People's Campaign Launches Drive Against Poverty
Poor People's Campaign Launches Drive Against Poverty

By: Leroy Seat
The Poor People's Campaign launches a six-week drive of nonviolent civil disobedience activities to protest poverty's impact on education, housing and systemic racism among other areas.

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Leveraging Privilege to Enact Social Change - On a Bike
Leveraging Privilege to Enact Social Change - On a Bike

By: Rand Jenkins
Civil Rides - a three-day bike trip in early April to raise awareness around persistent rural poverty in America and advocate for racial justice and healing - gave a voice to stories that needed to be heard.

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Martin Luther King Jr.: Cultural Hero and Theologian
Martin Luther King Jr.: Cultural Hero and Theologian

By: Colin Harris
Martin Luther King Jr. didn't fit the formal, academically oriented images of "theologian" in his day, but theology was changing from primarily reflection to engagement. And King was its standard bearer.

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King, Spurgeon: 2 Baptist Champions Opposed to Warfare
King, Spurgeon: 2 Baptist Champions Opposed to Warfare

By: Nick Megoran
Christians can best honor the legacies of Martin Luther King Jr. and Charles Haddon Spurgeon, two of the greatest Baptist preachers, by following their rejection of war and emulating their commitment to peacekeeping.

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Speak and Live as if Easter is Always Upon You
Speak and Live as if Easter is Always Upon You

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Easter is not just this one Sunday. It marks the beginning of disciples who do not fear but move forward in the confidence of a faith that summons them away from familiarity and indifference.

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Standing on the Shoulders of Unnamed Heroes
Standing on the Shoulders of Unnamed Heroes

By: Colin Harris
For Martin Luther King Jr., the heroes of the civil rights movement were the unnamed thousands who endured taunts and threats as they called us to live out our creed. This holiday is a tribute to them too.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Resources
This free resource sheet provides resources to congregations and goodwill people of faith for observing the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and for reflecting on his life and legacy.
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Why Your Church Needs to Support Your Public School
Why Your Church Needs to Support Your Public School

By: Ed Hogan
Public education is a necessary component of a healthy and vibrant country. That's why it's important for goodwill people of faith to help engage our public schools.

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Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Letter from a Birmingham Jail

By: Martin Luther King Jr.
My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham City Jail, I came across your recent statement calling our present activities "unwise and untimely."

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Baptist Leader Reflects on King's Visit to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Baptist Leader Reflects on King's Visit to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

By: Zach Dawes
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on April 19, 1961. A Baptist minister, then a second-year student, recalls the visit.

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Prathia Hall: An Extraordinary, Ordinary Saint
Prathia Hall: An Extraordinary, Ordinary Saint
By: Courtney Pace Lyons
Prathia Hall faced many obstacles in her life but didn't let them discourager her. She was a civil rights activist, Baptist preacher and a mentor to more than 200 African-American clergywomen.
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Will This Election Season Mark Another Turning Point?
Will This Election Season Mark Another Turning Point?
By: Colin Harris
The images of brutality against civil rights activists in the 1960s led to a turning point in our history. Perhaps this election season with its expected assault of brutal attack ads will mark another turning point.
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The Place Where Racial Reconciliation Should Begin
The Place Where Racial Reconciliation Should Begin
By: Dennis Bickers
When people utter racial slurs, it reflects what's in their hearts. While laws prevent negative behaviors, they can't change a person's heart. That's why racial reconciliation must begin in church.
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King's Dreams Changed What the Civil War Couldn't
King's Dreams Changed What the Civil War Couldn't
By: Preston Clegg
Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee cared passionately for their causes. However, one sought to bring about change through proclamation and the other sought to prevent change through force. 
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Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

By: Leroy Seat
"Places in the Heart" closes with a powerful depiction of reconciliation between people of different races and classes - a scene that Martin Luther King Jr., born 85 years ago today, would have favored.

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Racial Equality: A Choice Between Chaos and Community
Racial Equality: A Choice Between Chaos and Community

Some believe the answer to racial equality is to be tolerant, but this is too shortsighted. The gospel calls us to move beyond mere tolerance to full and vulnerable embrace.

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Myrlie Evers Williams: A Model of Justice-Seeking
Myrlie Evers Williams: A Model of Justice-Seeking
Myrlie Evers Williams, widow of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers, has dedicated her life to the struggle to seek just treatment and equal rights for all people.
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50 Years Later, King's Jail Letter Still Hits Home
50 Years Later, King's Jail Letter Still Hits Home

Martin Luther King Jr. wrote "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" 50 years ago today, addressing the need for nonviolent action to overcome the nation's deeply rooted racism.

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Update: U.K. Innkeepers Fined for Turning Away Gay Couple
LONDON (RNS) Britain's Court of Appeal has ordered a pair of Christian innkeepers to pay 3,600 pounds ($5,800) in damages.
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Beloved Hymns Carried King Through Troubled Times

(RNS) At 87, the Rev. C.T. Vivian can still recall the moment, decades after the height of the civil rights movement.

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Muslims Call for Reforms 10 Years after Patriot Act
(RNS) A Muslim civil rights group is accusing the FBI and other federal agencies of “bad policing” and flaunting the Constitution in a 56-page report.
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Religious Leaders Laud King in Memorial Service

WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious leaders and civil rights veterans said King's legacy is unshakable.

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King’s Nephew Named to Head Civil Rights Group
(RNS) The Southern Christian Leadership Conference has named a nephew of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as its new leader.
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Court Says Store Discriminated Against Muslim
(RNS) Abercrombie & Fitch violated civil rights law when the clothier refused to hire a Muslim woman because she wears a headscarf.
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Man Denies Author’s Claim that He killed Malcolm X
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) For 46 years, the chief assassin of slain civil rights icon Malcolm X has been hiding in plain sight in Newark.
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At 89, Civil Rights Icon Reflects on Faith, Activism
(RNS) The Rev. Joseph Lowery has always combined his work on secular causes with a sacred message.
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Clergy Answer King’s 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail
(RNS) A coalition of Christian churches answered the Rev. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
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King’s Legacy Led Many to Think More Justly
King’s Legacy Led Many to Think More Justly
Martin Luther King Jr. and his associates were a powerful prophetic voice that called American society to a new way of being and cultivated future generations to think differently and more justly.
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Nothing Personal? The Smiling Face of Racism
Nothing Personal? The Smiling Face of Racism
The new racial reality is characterized by a belief that with the victories of the civil rights movement, America's race-related problems are behind us. But has our society simply entered a phase of gentler racism?
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Where Rand Paul Wants To
Where Rand Paul Wants To "Take Our Country Back"
Rand Paul, Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, was unable to give a straight-forward, yes-or-no answer to the question of his support for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. His position cannot go unchallenged.
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Health Care Foes Echo Civil Rights Objections
Health Care Foes Echo Civil Rights Objections
Once health care reform passed, the anti-reform minority became vitriolic, shouting racial epithets, carrying out acts of violence and claiming states' rights were usurped. It all mirrors the objections to civil rights in the '60s.
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The Dream Continues: More Work Needed to End Racism
The Dream Continues: More Work Needed to End Racism
Racial discrimination and segregation are no longer legal, but Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of seeing a nation united rather than divided by race has not made as much progress. It's a spiritual problem.
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'I Have a Dream' Sermon Established Martin Luther King as Prophet
Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered 45 years ago today, established the Baptist preacher as a modern-day prophet, according to scholars contacted by EthicsDaily.com.
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Fred Shuttlesworth: Prophet of Social Equality at CBF
While not as well known as Martin Luther King Jr., Fred L. Shuttlesworth was the Baptist pastor most responsible for the success of the civil rights movement in the Alabama city known as "Bombingham." Fifty racially motivated bombings between 1947 and 1955 epitomized southern resistance to integration.
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Seven Who Fought
It was a costly battle for many whose family, profession, prestige – even life itself were laid on the line. During the 1950s and 1960s the fight for dignity and human rights against bigotry, hate and apathy changed the lives of thousands of Americans.
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Martin Luther King and Selma's 1965 Voting Rights Campaign
On Jan. 2, 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. led a "mass meeting" at Brown Chapel in Selma, Ala. This meeting kicked off the involvement of King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Selma's voting rights campaign.
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In Memory Of Martin Luther King
In his elegant little book, "Finally Comes the Poet," Walter Brueggemann writes that the task of the preacher is to be "a voice that shatters settled reality and evokes new possibilities." If he is right about that, then no preacher in the last century has been more effective than Martin Luther King, Jr. His words helped shatter the settled reality of segregation. He also gave voice to the possibility of what he called the "beloved community."
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Gay-Rights Group Says 'Do Not Buy' at Wal-Mart
Entering the busiest shopping season of the year, Wal-Mart is once again under fire, this time for a failing grade on homosexual rights.
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Remember Sept. 15, 1963
"The only stained glass window in the church that remained in its frame showed Christ leading a group of little children," United Press International reported the day after the bombing. "The face of Christ was blown out."
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