[Commentary on the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.]

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Mitchell, Dr. Henry H., MLK Jr. Lectures CRDS/BH/CR


Henry Mitchell

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Martin Luther King Fellows In Black Religious Studies, Inc. Collection

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Dr. Henry Mitchell gives a presentation on the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In the presentation he discusses Dr. King as a participant in an ancestral tradition. He also discusses King as a preacher. Excerpts from British Broadcasting Company interview with Dr. King are also played and discussed by Dr. Mitchell.

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00:00:05 Audio begins with Dr. Henry Mitchell talking about the grandson of Adam Daniel Williams.

00:03:26 Talks about the role of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Black community being ancestral.

00:04:32 Talks about Dr. King being young and humble.

00:07:57 Talks about how Dr. King maintaining some status in the pulpit.

00:10:31 Introduces BBC interview with Dr. King.

00:11:03 Dr. King talks about his activities in the U.S. as a part of a world pattern and not isolated events.

00:16:16 Dr. Henry Mitchell talks about how the interview is one of his later statements and Dr. King being a leader in thought and action.

00:25:21 Talks about Dr. King‘s concept of the church, his vocation, and being embarrassed about the ministry.

00:31:43 Question from the audience.

00:39:38 Talks about Dr. King representing a style.

00:45:12 Talks about the embrace of Dr. King and redemptive suffering.

00:53:36 Talks about Dr. King’s European frame of reference and how he may have done better if he understood he represented the African tradition of religion.

00:58:05 Audio ends.


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