Martin Luther King, Jr. – Pastor and Martyr 1968

Almighty God, by the hand of Moses your servant you led your people out of slavery, and made them free at last: Grant that your Church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love, and may strive to secure for all your children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Today we honor the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. who is widely regarded as America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest leaders in world history. During the less than 13 years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership of modern American Civil Rights Movement, from December 1955 until April 1968, African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality in America than the previous 350 years had produced.

Drawing inspiration from both his Christian faith and the peaceful teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. King led a nonviolent movement in the lat 1950’s and ’60’s to achieve legal equality for African-Americans in the United States.

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