Making the ‘Dream’ a reality: the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.



Martin Luther King Jr.'s belief in a 'beloved community' — a community characterized by justice, equality, and love — was deeply rooted in his Christian faith.
 
As Michael Eric Dyson notes, "He saw faith as a tool for change, a constant source of inspiration to remake the world in the just and redemptive image of God."
 
King was mindful of the power and responsibility of the church in healing the divides of society. He was also well aware of challenges hindering churches themselves. On March 31, 1968 — only days before his assassination — the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. uttered these words in a sermon at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.: “We must face the sad fact that at eleven o’clock on Sunday morning when we stand to sing ‘In Christ there is no East or West,’ we stand in the most segregated hour of America.”
 
As United Methodists, our foundational belief in the sacred worth of all persons compels us to "work toward societies in which each person's value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened" (Social Principles, The Social Community, "Rights of Racial and Ethnic Persons," United Methodist Book of Discipline).
 
Click here for more information and resources courtesy United Methodist Communications.
 
 
 
 

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