When was the last time Pennsylvania Avenue and Times Square and countless other locations across the country were packed with crowds at 1:00 in the morning following a presidential election? The same nation that elected George Bush by the hanging chads of 2000 has just given the presidency to someone who was relatively unknown at that time.
Next Friday, April 4, is the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the age of 39. He was in Memphis helping sanitation workers who were on strike trying to get recognition for their union. If Dr. King were alive today, would he be campaigning for economic justice, or might he be a social conservative opposing abortion, or both? Kim Lawton has our report on the very different ways African-American ministers are trying to carry on the King legacy. More
Read an excerpt about the close relationship between Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel from THE WORD OF THE LORD IS UPON ME by Jonathan Rieder (Harvard University Press, April 2008). More
One of Martin Luther King Jr's friends and preaching mentors was another prominent minister, Rev Gardner Taylor, who at 88 years old is still mentoring new generations of pastors.
“Dr. King liked jazz,” says Rev. Michael Haynes of Twelfth Baptist Church in Boston, “I think music is just a wonderful opportunity to bring humans together. And what it did in the civil rights movement – it was the means through which they got inspiration and challenge.” Rev. Haynes invited his brother, renowned jazz drummer Roy Haynes, to be part of a special musical service honoring King. More