January 14th, 2024 The Mystic Behind Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

Sunday, January 14, 2024  “The Mystic Behind Martin Luther King, Jr.” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

How did Martin Luther King, Jr. become the courageous, articulate, powerful voice and presence for Civil Rights? That’s a complicated question. One major influence on King was Howard Thurman, who taught at Howard University and also at Boston University when King was a grad student there. Thurman was a mystic, theologian, Christian, and powerful preacher. He travelled to India in 1936, met Gandhi, and brought back to America the message of non-violent resistance. Let’s explore the profound effect that Thurman had on King as we celebrate this ML King weekend. Music will be provided by the UCM choir singing a musical setting of Thurman’s poem, The Work of Christmas; and Heather Moz with Lindsay Wade performing A Change is Gonna Come.