RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) — Under sweltering 94-degree heat in front of the General Assembly building, a hardy group of progressive activists gathered to revive the 40-day Poor People’s Campaign, the civil disobedience movement founded 50 years ago by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
When King preached at Washington National Cathedral on March 31, 1968, nobody knew it would be the last Sunday sermon he would ever give. His "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution" sermon has taken on even more significance because of that.
The name of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. — much like the name of German monk Martin Luther — remains quickly recognizable. However, King’s birth name — Michael King — does not bring the same level of familiarity. How did Michael King Jr. become Martin Luther King Jr.? That answer involves a meeting of the Baptist World Alliance just as Adolf Hitler took control of the land of Protestant reformer Martin Luther.