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Will my book be banned?

By Jemar Tisby — January 26, 2022
(RNS) — The power of books to create new realities for readers makes banning books particularly heinous.
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Red Lip Theology: Candice Benbow’s love letter to Black women in the Black church

By Adelle M. Banks — January 18, 2022
(RNS) — Benbow says Black churches have tended to ‘center Black men and their truths and realities at the expense of women and girls.’

Martin Luther King Jr.’s hard words for white Christians

By Robert P. Jones — January 17, 2022
(RNS) — King’s exasperation at self-satisfied white Christians holds up a mirror that is still painfully accurate today.

Fund to preserve, assist Black churches gets $20M donation

By Jay Reeves — January 17, 2022
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The announcement about the donation from the Lilly Endowment was timed to coincide with the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday on Monday.

On MLK Day, King III implores Senate to act on voting rights

By Michael Warren and Jeff Martin — January 17, 2022
ATLANTA (AP) — A day before the U.S. Senate was expected to take up significant legislation on voting rights that is looking likely to fail, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s eldest son condemned federal lawmakers over their inaction. Speaking in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Martin Luther King III said though he was marking the federal holiday […]

What we won’t hear on Martin Luther King Day, and what we need to hear

By Cheryl Townsend Gilkes — January 17, 2022
(RNS) — Our memory of King’s ‘Dream’ speech has been reduced to sanitized sound bites.

New book examines the religious lives of people without homes

By Yonat Shimron — January 14, 2022
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — Susan Dunlap's 'Shelter Theology' describes the faith of people living in a homeless shelter, many of whom believe God guides and blesses them.

Black faith leaders’ proud legacy on civil rights should include LGBTQ rights

By Sabrina E. Dent — January 14, 2022
(RNS) — Black Christians know too well how discrimination can hide behind appeals to religious freedom.

King’s last full year of life: Protest, praise, ire, incarceration

By Adelle M. Banks — January 13, 2022
(RNS) — King drew criticism from Billy Graham, who told journalists that he thought King was wrong to link anti-war efforts with the civil rights movement.

Stay alive in the meantime: Notes at the top of 2022

By Danté Stewart — January 13, 2022
(RNS) — To be completely honest, I thought this year would begin not with questions but with resolutions.

How the Vietnam War pushed MLK to embrace global justice, not only civil rights at home

By Anthony Siracusa — January 13, 2022
(The Conversation) — MLK’s vision for nonviolence included abolishing what he called triple evils – racism, poverty and militarism.

Hartford International University expands Black ministries with Howard Thurman Center

By Adelle M. Banks — January 12, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The center’s North Star will be Thurman’s insistence on social justice and responsibility within a spiritual framework,’ its director said.

On Jan. 6, vigils recall the insurrection with competing narratives

By Jack Jenkins — January 7, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — From calls to pass voting rights legislation to assertions that those charged in connection with the insurrection are being mistreated, vigils remembered the attack on the U.S. Capitol differently.
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