Martin Luther King Jr., the great advocate for the poor and minorities in the 1960s, was, at heart, a Baptist clergyman.
King said, “Before I was a civil rights leader, I was a preacher of the Gospel. This was my first calling, and it still remains my greatest commitment” (“Why Jesus Called a Man a Fool,” sermon preached in 1967 in Chicago).
He came from a line of preachers, stretching back to his great-grandfather. King studied at Crozer Theological Seminary and earned a doctorate in...
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