Monday, January 21, 2008

MLK,Jr. Day

While LK & I were road tripping to family this holiday we listened to Parting the Waters: American in the King Years, 1954-63 and Pillar of Fire : America in the King Years 1963-65 (America in the King Years) by Taylor Branch. These books give great context for the political and the social changes that MLK,Jr helped usher in.
Branch claimed that King was influenced by Reinhold Niebuhr the Protestant Theologian best known for his relating his faith to the reality of politics, and for his work on just war theory, as much as he was influenced by Gandhi.
One wonders what MLK,Jr. would think of the role of religion and politics today.

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