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United Methodists share MLK’s dream

United Methodists share MLK’s dream

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington was dedicated by President Obama on Oct. 16, 2011. Photo by Maile Bradfield, United Methodist Communications.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was the face of the African-American civil rights movement throughout the 1960s until his assassination on April 4, 1968.

The United Methodist Church recognizes “the right of individuals to dissent when acting under the constraint of conscience and, after having exhausted all legal recourse, to resist or disobey laws that they deem to be unjust or that are discriminately enforced.” Therefore, many United Methodists joined King in his march toward equality, and in his wake, those United Methodist voices continue to advocate for justice for all, as their faith calls them to.

Though King's death was years or even decades before they were born, his vision has influenced countless young people who reflect and give gratitude for how the struggles of previous generations have benefited them and shaped their lives. People of all ages are grateful for King’s leadership and for those United Methodists who walked with him.

'One can never be at rest when one knew Martin King.' Retired pastor stood with civil rights leader then, and continues fight for justice today.

“Love and truth and compassion still are the only ways.” The Rev. James Lawson recalls what he learned from MLK.

“The fear of death...never affected his commitment.” The Rev. Joseph Lowery describes his time with Martin Luther King Jr.

"We can learn from what happened then to help us learn do now." Young pastor recalls the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.

“I was privileged to be in the same jail cell with him for three days and three nights.” Bishop Melvin Talbert recalls the influence of Martin Luther King Jr.

“Martin was about much more than race.” Bishop James Thomas reflects on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

“Thanks be to God for you having the courage to utilize the gifts that God gave you.” Bishop Felton May shares a message to Martin Luther King Jr.

"It’s my faith that it is not meant that we should be destroying each other." Hear Dorothy Height speak about values she shared with MLK.

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