The Significance Of Martin Luther King For The Saints Today

We all know Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as the leading civil rights activist in America in the 1960s—a man who offered a prophetic voice to the major domestic issue of his time. But he should also be seen as one whose thought, as reflected in a significant body of public writings, reveals a man who can be rightly regarded as one of the leading Christian thinkers of twentieth-century America as well as a prophet whose message can and should be appropriated by Mormons of various perspectives. He gleaned from the best philosophical and religious thinkers of his day a new way to think about major issues and a strategy for dealing with not only racial oppression but other issues as well; thus, we should make much more use of his thinking in church life today

William D. Russell