HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL – MARCH 3, 2017 – SHEROES & HEROES: PEOPLE OF FAITH
Compiled by Mercy Junction Director Beth Foster
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born Jan. 15, 1929. He was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.
King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. In 1965, he helped to organize the Selma to Montgomery marches, and the following year he and SCLC took the movement north to Chicago to work on segregated housing. In the final years of his life, King expanded his focus to include opposition towards poverty and the Vietnam War, alienating many of his liberal allies with a 1967 speech titled “Beyond Vietnam.”
In 1968, King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People’s Campaign, when he was assassinated on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Today’s Action: Read or listen to Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech. https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/beyond-vietnam
Today’s Sharing: Were you surprised by anything you heard in this speech? Is this the same Dr. King you were taught about in school? How was speech different that what you expected? Share with us on the Holy Heretic Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HolyHereticZine/
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