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Martin Luther King Jr

In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday today…

Watch these brief clips of Dr. King speaking, which show a much fuller picture than the standard depiction of him as a leader in the civil rights movement.

If you benefit from these videos, I recommend checking out this audio collection of King’s sermons and speeches:

Martin Luther King: The Essential Box Set:
Landmark Speeches and Sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr.


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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0807050474″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”107″ alt=”Jeanne Theoharis – Rosa Parks“]Today is the 100th Anniversary of the birth of civil rights activist Rosa Parks…

Read an excerpt from the brand new biography:

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Jeanne Theoharis

Hardback: Beacon Press, 2013.
Buy now: [ [easyazon-link asin=”0807050474″ locale=”us”]Amazon[/easyazon-link] ]  [ [easyazon-link asin=”B008ED69XC” locale=”us”]Kindle[/easyazon-link] ]

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Rosa by Rita Dove [Poem]

February 4, 2012


Rosa ParksFebruary 4 is the birthday
of Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks.

Read Pulitzer-prize winning poet,
Rita Dove’s poem “Rosa”

[ This page also has a recording
of Dove reading the poem ]

On the Bus with
Rosa Parks: Poems

by Rita Dove.
Paperback: Norton, 2000.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]

Video of Rita Dove discussing this book with Charlie Rose
(She reads the poem and talks about it starting at 3:22):

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A Brief Review of

No Turning Back:
My Summer with Daddy King
Gurdon Brewster.
New Paperback Edition:
Orbis Books, 2011.
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]

Reviewed by Josh Hale.

My copy of No Turning Back was given to me by my father for my birthday before I was ordained a United Methodist elder. I devoured it that spring and summer, often rereading particular passages or anecdotes that Gurdon Brewster shared of the summer during his seminary experience which he spent interning for (and living with) Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. As a young pastor, I identified with much of Brewster’s awkwardness as he began ministering in a radically different context than his own white, Eastern seaboard, Episcopal upbringing, and the halting starts of becoming a pastoral caregiver, or a preacher, or (most often) a community member. And my own origins in the suburban South might as well have been the North as far as my racial awareness was concerned; that, too, began changing in my undergraduate and theological education.

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This week saw two excellent new books on the Civil Rights movement made available as free Kindle ebooks!

(Feb 8 – The offer for one of the ebooks is now over… Only the Joseph Lowery book remains…  )

If you’re like me and don’t have a Kindle, you can still read these on your computer or phone by downloading the appropriate Kindle app (it’s free!) and then using it to read your ebook!

I’m sure these are limited-time offers, so if you want them, get ’em soon!


Hearing the Words of A Prophet

A Review of
Martin Luther King, Jr.:
The Essential Box Set.

Reviewed by Chris Smith.

[ Listen to clips from this box set.]

Martin Luther King, Jr.:
The Essential Box Set.

15 Cd’s: Hachette Audio,  2010.
Buy now: [ Amazon – Martin Luther King – Essential Box Set ]

Martin Luther King -Essential Box SetMartin Luther King, Jr. was one of, if not the finest American orator, of the twentieth century.  Following in the footsteps of Frederick Douglass and many other renowned Black orators, King spoke powerfully for the causes of freedom and justice, whether in pulpit of his home church, the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama or speaking as the voice of the Civil Rights movement in Washington, D.C. and throughout the South.  And now thanks to Hachette Audio, we have a high-quality collection of twenty-three of King’s finest sermons and speeches: Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Essential Box Set.  The narrators who introduce these talks by Martin Luther King emphasize that he was, first and foremost, a preacher, and that his primary identity was located in the Church (see also the book excerpt on King below).  Even when speaking to broader audiences, he spoke the prophetic words of a preacher, connecting with his audiences on shared virtues such as freedom, equality and justice.  It has been important for me, when thinking of Dr. King, not only to see the words that he spoke on the printed page (or computer screen) but also to hear his voice speaking the words, and for many years now, I have been collecting vintage LP’s with recordings of King’s speeches and sermons.  While I certainly will not be getting rid of my vinyl recordings any time soon, I am delighted to have recordings of the same talks (and more) in a cleaner, more durable format and one that can more easily be shared with our sons and daughter as well as others.

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“The Beloved Community
of Conversion and Discipleship”

A Review of
Welcoming Justice:
God’s Movement Toward Beloved Community
by Charles Marsh and John Perkins.

Reviewed by Thomas T. Turner II.

[ Read an excerpt of this book here ]

Welcoming Justice:
God’s Movement Toward Beloved Community
by Charles Marsh and John Perkins.

Paperback: IVP Books,  2009.
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Charles Marsh / John Perkins - WELCOMING JUSTICEWatching segments of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech , I realized that the things I saw there were black and white — literally and figuratively speaking.  The film, now pushing towards fifty years, is grainy and showing too little or too much contrast, a nostalgic look back to a time that wasn’t really that long ago in the history of things.  The American people was black and white as well, and the Civil Rights movement, in its glorious triumph, pushed forth some of the most drastic social changes in the history of America in just a few years full of climactic victories.  The battles were won, yet the war wasn’t over for many in the Civil Rights movement who saw the vision of the movement as a push not for racial equality but something far greater and more whole: the beloved community of all.  Charles Marsh and John Perkins share in their book Welcoming Justice the memories and stories of the ongoing civil rights struggle and illustrate how the movement toward beloved community should be the goal of those who follow the way of Christ.

The civil rights movement, at the height of its success, divorced itself from the church.  In saying Dr. Martin Luther King’s name, we too often forget that  that he was a reverend as well.  The civil rights movement started as a Christian social justice movement, and, in a lesson just as timely today, it was co-opted by powers within the movement that cut out the spiritual foundation of social justice. Marsh writes, “without its unifying spiritual vision, the movement’s goal was no longer to identify particular social and economic ills that could be improved upon through political organizing and social reform” (25).

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A Review of

The Concise King:
(Selected Sermons and Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

2 cd’s : Hachette Audio, 2010.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]

Reviewed by Chris Smith.

[ Listen to clips from THE CONCISE KING ]

[ Watch MLK’s infamous “I have a Dream” speech ]

[ Win a copy of THE CONCISE KING ]

THE CONCISE KING - Hachette Audio 2010I was excited to learn recently that Hachette Audio was going to be releasing two new collections of audio recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermons and speeches.  I will eventually be reviewing the gem of these two releases, Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Essential Box Set, but at 15 cd’s in length, it is going to take awhile to work my way through that.  The other new release, The Concise King, is actually an abridged edition of the box set, with eight selected talks representing the finest of Dr. King’s oratory.

As we remember Dr. King, on this holiday set aside for honoring his legacy, there are two essential things about him that we must bear in mind.  First, he was primarily an orator.  We can read his speeches or his sermons, but in doing so we lose the vibrant richness of the experience of hearing or seeing him speak.  Secondly, as Andrew Young emphasizes in the introduction to The Concise King: “Martin was first of all a man of faith, a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus, which had as its symbol of triumph his death on the cross and hope in a resurrection.”

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THE CONCISE KING - Hachette AudioIn honor of the faithful witness of Dr. Martin Luther King and his bold proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we are giving away today a free copy of the new audio book with recordings of his most significant sermons and speeches, The Concise King (Hachette Audio 2010, reviewed above).

To win a copy of this superb audio collection, you must do the following two things:

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  2. Leave a comment on this post, noting which option you chose for #1 and a brief statement of what you appreciate most about Dr. King.

This contest ends tomorrow, January 19, 2010 at 11:59PM PT.
On Wednesday Jan. 20, we will choose a winner from the eligible entrants.