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U.S. churchgoers still sit in segregated pews, and most are OK with that

On the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (Jan. 15), just as the civil rights drama “Selma” was nominated for best picture in the Oscar race, one fact of American life was little changed. Sunday morning remains, as King once observed, the most segregated hour in America. And, against a backdrop of increased racial tensions, […]

MLK’s daughter seeks nonviolent Ferguson response

Those who participated in the civil rights marches of Martin Luther King Jr.’s era have had trouble connecting with the young people on the streets of Ferguson this month who see the 1960s as irrelevant. Bernice King tried to bridge that divide.

Global Ministries photographer had eye on King

A year to the day before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated, the civil rights leader made a major public speech against the war in Vietnam. John C. Goodwin, then 25 years old, was at Riverside Church in New York to document it. His photographs of King from that day and several other […]

UM pastor Adam Hamilton calls on Obama to ‘knock holes in the darkness’

Delivering the sermon at the National Prayer Service for the 57th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 22, the Rev. Adam Hamilton called on President Barack Obama to lead by showing humility, by casting a strong, unifying vision that focuses on helping the “marginalized,” and by persevering in the face of criticism and discouragement.  Mr. Hamilton is senior […]

The challenge of MLK Day

By Bishop Joseph E. Pennell, Jr., Special Contributor… I was a pastor in Memphis, Tenn., when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. The morning after he was gunned down I marched with a group of clergy and laity to the office of Mayor Henry Loeb with the hope that he would use his influence to honor […]

Commentary: Fifty years on, the Dream is becoming the new reality

Editor’s note: Bishop White, the first chief executive of the General Commission on Religion and Race, writes a “birthday letter” each year to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. about the progress of racial equality in the U.S. Dear Martin: I write this year as we will observe the 50th anniversary of your “I Have […]

Bishop’s annual ‘Dear Martin’ letter recalls historic speech

Editor’s note: Bishop White, the first chief executive of the General Commission on Religion and Race, writes a “birthday letter” each year to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. about the progress of racial equality in the U.S. Dear Martin: I write this year as we will observe the 50th anniversary of your “I Have […]

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