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Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The road from Selma was paved with the blood of four unsung martyrs

By Adelle M. Banks — March 5, 2015

(RNS) A Baptist deacon, a minister, a Unitarian laywoman and an Episcopal seminarian sacrificed their lives in connection with the Alabama voting rights protests.

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

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — January 16, 2015

WASHINGTON (RNS) But beware, said LifeWay Research director Ed Stetzer: “If you don’t like diversity, you’re really not going to like heaven.”

Ralph Abernathy: Martin Luther King Jr.’s overlooked ‘civil rights twin’

By Adelle M. Banks — January 15, 2015

(RNS) “They used to call them the civil rights twins — he and Dr. King,” recalled Terrie Randolph, who was Ralph Abernathy’s secretary when he became president of SCLC after King’s death. “You wouldn’t see one without the other.”

The long march from ‘Exodus’ to ‘Selma’ (COMMENTARY)

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 2, 2015

(RNS) When you strip away the costumes, mythology, and mascara-wearing Egyptians monarchs, what do you really have? “Exodus” is a film about the birth of freedom. A people demands its rights. A leader screams out for redemption. Sound familiar?

Black churches are no longer ground zero for civil rights activism

By Adelle M. Banks — December 18, 2014

(RNS) “The church is jumping in to lend its support — not to lead it — which is a different place from where the black church has been historically,” said Baltimore pastor Jamal-Harrison Bryant.

Historic civil rights church to be considered for national recognition

By Adelle M. Banks — September 16, 2014

“This was the spiritual workplace of the civil rights movement,” said the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy III, whose foundation is seeking to have the site of the historic church designated as a national park.

MLK’s daughter seeks nonviolent Ferguson response

By Elisa Crouch — August 27, 2014

BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, Mo. (RNS) Bernice King and others from the King Center in Atlanta are meeting with Missouri high school students to help them channel anger over the police shooting of Michael Brown into positive change.

Update: Family fight over MLK Bible inches toward resolution

By Adelle M. Banks — February 20, 2014

(RNS) Bernice King had said that her father “MUST be turning in his grave” over her brothers’ attempts to sell his Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal, calling it “outright morally reprehensible.”

Bernice King blasts brothers’ plans to sell MLK Bible

By Adelle M. Banks — February 4, 2014

(RNS) “As Mark 8:36 teaches, ‘For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?'” she said. “Our Father MUST be turning in his grave. As a minister of the Gospel, the thought of selling my daddy’s Bible troubles my mind, vexes my spirit and weighs on my soul.”

‘Dear Martin’: Bishop’s letters to MLK trace the highs and lows in race relations

By Adelle M. Banks — January 16, 2014

(RNS) “While we are yet flawed by those among us who hold to racial bigotry and intolerance, they no longer define us as a nation or a people!” United Methodist Bishop Woodie White wrote in his 2014 letter to Martin Luther King.

C.T. Vivian adds Presidential Medal of Freedom to a lifetime of activism

By Adelle M. Banks — November 20, 2013

WASHINGTON (RNS) As one of the last surviving members of a generation of civil rights icons, the Rev. C.T. Vivian was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the nation’s first African-American president.

Fifty years later, church leaders respond to King’s “Birmingham Jail” letter

By Adelle M. Banks — April 12, 2013

(RNS) Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. challenged white church leaders to confront racism, an ecumenical network has responded to his “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Christian Churches Together in the USA has produced a 20-page document that answers King and includes confessions of church bodies about their silence and slow pace in addressing racial injustice.

Obama’s use of Scripture echoes Lincoln, King

By Daniel Burke — January 16, 2013

(RNS) President Obama will take oath of office on Bibles that once belonged to Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Obama’s own use of Scripture echoes his two heroes. By Daniel Burke.

Malcolm X’s boyhood home, MLK’s neighborhood listed as ‘endangered’

By Adelle M. Banks — June 6, 2012

(RNS) The boyhood home of Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X and the neighborhood where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was born have been listed as “endangered” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. By Adelle M. Banks.

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