The Radical Martin Luther King, Jr. – A Six-Week Lecture Series on Zoom with Q&A

Featuring Dr. Lewis Brogdon and Guest Speakers

Wednesdays, February 3 – March 10, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Fee: $75.00

Registrants will be responsible for purchasing the book, The Radical King by Cornell West on their own.

Scholarships available. Please contact JFM office at 502-429-0865 ext. 6

Was Martin Luther King, Jr. a radical? This course says yes and asks what that means for America. His legacy today, which portrays him as a tame figure attractive to white Americans, needs to be questioned. We will first re-examine the history of slavery and segregation in the United States. We will then re-educate ourselves about Dr. King’s thought and the traditions on which his thought was built. These traditions include the prophetic tradition of Christian scripture, the social gospel tradition, the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, the black church tradition, and black nationalist and other critiques of traditional black church theologies. Our study together will include special guest lecturers who will help students understand the depth of Dr. King’s writings and speeches and how to apply them today. By the end of the course, you will have a new understanding for the complexity of King’s thought and be able to use it to understand the challenges and promises of America today.

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Upcoming Facilitator Trainings

New Facilitator Training –January 20th at 12:00 EDT, February 4th at 3:00 EST, and February 17th at 12:00 EST, led by Outreach and Engagement Manager, Leila Oakley. Training will include an overview of the role, best practices, and a Q&A. Register today!

Zoom Training for Facilitators – January 21st at 12:00 EDT, February 3rd at 3:00 EST, and February 18th at 12:00 EST, led by Outreach and Engagement Manager, Leila Oakley. Training will include an overview of the Zoom platform, how to utilize the platform for JustFaith Ministries small groups, and a Q&A. Register today!

Upcoming Facilitator Gathering

On February 25, 2021 at noon ET, join us for an informal gathering designed for facilitators to connect and share ideas and best practices. Register today!

Upcoming Information Meetings

On Thursday, February 11th at 12:00 ET, JustFaith Ministries staff members will provide a meeting for anyone interested in learning about the 2020-2021 Racial Justice series. The meeting will include tips about starting groups in your church or area, general information about the programs, and some time for Q&A. Register today!

On Thursday, March 11th, at 12:00 ET, JustFaith Ministries staff members will provide a meeting for anyone interested in learning about the 2020-2021 JustFaith and JustFaith Catholic programs. The meeting will include tips about starting groups in your church or area, general information about the programs, and some time for Q&A. Register today!

Upcoming Virtual Community Gatherings

Join us on Thursday, January 21, 7:00 p.m. EST, to hear Dr. Lewis Brogdon address the topic, “The Unknown King: Why You Need a Class on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

We all do it: MLK week in America – we attend a special service or watch a clip of the conclusion of his famous “I have a dream” speech. We say Dr. King was a great man who inspired America and the world. Then we go home . . . What a disservice to legacy of Dr. King and the thousands involved in the freedom struggle during the 1950s and 60s!

As racism has emerged as an issue we can no longer ignore, it is time to do something different. We need to take Dr. King seriously as a civil rights leader and a radical intellectual leader whose ideas spurred a movement of global change. Join JustFaith Ministries, in partnership with Simmons College (historically black college), as we help you understand why you need a class on Martin Luther King, Jr.

This presentation anticipates the special six-week series, to be offered in February and March, on King entitled “The Unknown King.”

Dr. Brogdon is the Visiting Professor of Preaching and Black Church Studies and chair of the Department of Religion at Simmons College of Kentucky.

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Join us on Thursday, February 18, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, to hear Bob Hunter offer a presentation entitled, “Black Progress and Racial Backlash.”

In her book, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth about the Racial Divide, Carol Anderson argues that racial unrest is often a response to black progress.  This presentation by Bob Hunter will explore Anderson’s argument and consider how to intercept this cycle of black progress and white rage.

Before retirement in 2014 Bob Hunter was a Diversity and Justice specialist for the Indiana Division of Intervarsity.  He was also on the national leadership team for Black Campus Ministries of InterVarsity.  He has taught courses on racism and conflict management at Trinity College, Binghamton University and Earlham College and is the former chair of the Richmond, Indiana Human Rights Commission.  He is the Co-Author of Loving Justice, InterVarsity Press, 1990 and Co-editor of Yearning to Breathe Free: Liberation Theologies in the United States, Orbis Press, 1990.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of JustFaith Ministries.

Register here.