(RNS) — 'Fifty years after Martin Luther King died, America needs to hold a national funeral for King — the faux King we have created — so that we might hear anew the real King calling us to what he called a revolution of values,' writes Raphael G. Warnock, pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. (Commentary)
(RNS) — If we benefit from the status quo, we can seek to maintain it rather than recognize that a wheel of injustice might be grinding our neighbor down. King shone a light on that injustice and it often made white Christians uncomfortable. His words and legacy, if we listen, still make us uncomfortable today.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'Certainly, ending racism might seem like an aspiration but, like the very first disciples, we followers of Jesus are called to bear witness to something that the world cannot yet believe is possible,' said the Rev. Sharon Watkins, director of the National Council of Church's Truth and Racial Justice Initiative.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — On issues of gun violence, racism, economic inequality or immigration, our human instinct is to not offend and to wait for others to act. He challenged the institutional oppression of his day and calls us to confront the injustices of our own time.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (RNS) — The Rev. Cleophus Smith marched in 1968 with black laborers supported by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in their efforts to improve working conditions.
A month before the 50th anniversary of King's assassination, Smith, 75, talked with Religion News Service about his dual roles as an associate minister and a sanitation worker.