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Martin Luther King, Jr. at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

On April 19, 1961, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the Julius B. Gay Lecture at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. As historian Gregory A. Wills explains:

On April 19, 1961, Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed the seminary community in a packed chapel. The faculty invited King to give his address as the seminary’s Julius Brown Gay Lecturer. King challenged the seminarian that the church had a central role to play in ending segregation. The church should teach the equality of all races and the destructive character of racial segregation. It should counter the racists’ inflammatory rhetoric and assure white society that the “basic aim of the Negro is to be the white man’s brother and not his brother-in-law.” As true followers of Jesus Christ, they should be “maladjusted” to the “evils of segregation and discrimination” and lead their churches to “move out into the realm of social reform.” It was King’s familiar message, but no one missed the significance of its being given at the oldest seminary in the largely segregated Southern Baptist Convention.

On the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, listening to King’s words at Southern Seminary brings a new sense of historical importance.

Listen to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Julius B. Gay Lecture at Southern Seminar here, and listen to his lecture to a Christian Ethics class here.

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  • zombiekiller117

    "The church should teach the equality of all races and the destructive character of racial segregation"

    To non-Whites the most Hateful thing a White person can do is simply choose not to want to be around them. In the Real World this is called 'Stalking'.

    I find it laughable that someone could claim that Black people are disadvantaged by not having access to White people, it's like saying it is 'destructive' to Kenyans to live in a country full of Black people.
    The people who claim this claim to be 'anti-racist' but in reality they are simply Anti-White