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
Read more of Kim Lawton's interview with Rep. John Lewis about religion and the civil rights movement.