January 13th, 2006
Prof. BALDWIN: The pastoral role was central to everything, virtually everything, Dr. King achieved or sought to achieve in the church and in the society as a whole.
LAWTON: King was 25 and finishing his doctoral dissertation at Boston University when he was appointed to his first job as a local pastor at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Baldwin says in many ways, King was simply carrying on the family business.
Prof. BALDWIN: Being a pastor for him was being a civil rights leader.
Rev. THURMAN: It was the African-American church that nurtured him and gave him the sense that God was a god of justice, God was a god of mercy, God was a god of reckoning.
LAWTON: Thurman says it was King’s position at the church that enabled him to get so deeply involved with the civil rights struggle.
- Martin Luther King Jr.: Organized Non-violent resistance is the most powerful weapon (1957) (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
- Martin Luther King Jr. on The Mike Douglas Show (1967) (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)