From the Black Church to India: The Theology of Martin Luther King Jr.

Ahead of the 50th anniversary since the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Religion News Service’s Kimberly Winston writes about King’s theological development during his lifetime. King’s theology was shaped by diverse sources, from his family’s Baptist tradition to Reinhold Niebuhr’s Christian Realism. In 1965, King himself said, “I am many things to many people; Civil Rights leader, agitator, trouble-maker and orator, but in the quiet resources of my heart, I am fundamentally a clergyman, a Baptist preacher.”

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