On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. He was in the city to support a sanitation workers’ strike. He was survived by his wife and four children. Though many things have been said, written, and thought of this man, his name has become a ghostly caricature for some, an object of disdain for others, and a sorrowful reminder for many.
We have compiled a list of striking and important articles highlighting the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“To recall only his mountaintop moments of victory—securing rights for bus riders in Montgomery, helping push through the Civil Rights Act, inspiring a generation to non-violent action—is to nurture a simplistic memory of a complex man. To remember only the “quotable King” is to misappropriate his legacy.” -Jemar Tisby
“It’s no coincidence that Martin Luther is the namesake of the most significant religious figure in U.S. history: the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Few people know the story of the connection between the two reformers.” -Mika Edmondson
“Many evangelicals struggle to understand systemic racism and injustice because we often limit sin to individual acts & attitudes. We fail to see that the social, political, & economic systems that sinful people put in place are also infected.” -Alex Wright
“King showed us that as Christians on the margins, our public witness should be a life lived with convictional compassion. Though many would not agree with him on certain theological issues, what is very clear is that King is a model for the Christian church on living a life consistent with the gospel in the context of marginalization.” -Dante Stewart
“Americans rightfully remember King and the civil rights leaders who labored before, alongside and after him. But a curious thing has happened in the half-century since his death — those who opposed him now valorize him.” -Jemar Tisby
“They have something to say to every negro who has passively accepted the evil system of segregation and who has stood on the sidelines in a mighty struggle for justice. They say to each of us, black and white alike, that we must substitute courage for caution. They say to us that we must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“I believe any speech King would offer today would remind us to serve others in love. We all like to talk about change, but change requires the same kind of servant leadership that King demonstrated in his own life. This model of leadership has worked for centuries and can be summed up in Christ’s response to the Sons of Thunder: ‘And whosoever would be first among you, shall be servant of all.'” -John Richards
“The world is held captive to the idols of the day. Some people walk in the name of racial supremacy, but we must walk in the name of the Lord our God. Some people walk in the name of political expediency, but we must walk in the name of our God.” -Mika Edmondson
“People tend to forget the economic dimensions of King’s protest. The full name for the event at which King gave the “I Have a Dream” speech was “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” King and other activists saw an integral link between civil rights and economic uplift. Insofar as inequality has material dimensions, King’s dream includes improved economic conditions for the poor and oppressed.” -Jemar Tisby