Research by Topic: Martin Luther King Jr

ABHMS supports church’s civil rights pilgrimage

Published January 18, 2019

At left: The church group with Sarah Collins Rudolph (in dark eyewear)–a survivor of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing of 1963–and her husband, George Rudolph.

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American Baptists join D.C. rally to end racism

Published April 5, 2018

American Baptists were undeterred by scattered showers and 35-mph winds when they joined people of various faith traditions on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on April 4 for a rally to end racism and to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A group traveled by bus to the rally from American Baptist Churches USA’s (ABCUSA’s) Mission Center in Valley Forge, Pa., while other American Baptists traveled from various ABCUSA regions.

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‘The Christian Citizen’ features ABHMS executive director’s Martin Luther King Jr.-inspired essay

Published January 15, 2018

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/15/18)—In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day today, The Christian Citizen online features a compelling essay written by Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, executive director and CEO of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) and Judson Press. Referencing the prophetic “Mountaintop” sermon, in which King urges listeners to develop “dangerous unselfishness” on […]

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No time for silence

Published January 13, 2017

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these words in his famous “Beyond Vietnam” speech given at The Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 — a year to the day before his assassination. Many criticized King for speaking out against the Vietnam War, saying doing so would detract from and harm his work for civil rights. They said it wasn’t his fight. They said the war was too politically controversial and complex. Historians point to this speech as the beginning of the end, a sure road to his assassination.

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