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Martin Luther King, Jr. - Career in Ministry


Martin Luther King, Jr., made history, but he was also transformed by his deep family roots in the African-American Baptist church, his formative experiences in his hometown of Atlanta, his theological studies, his varied models of religious and political leadership, and his extensive network of contacts in the peace and social justice movements of his time. Although King was only 39 at the time of his death, his life was remarkable for the ways it reflected and inspired so many of the twentieth century’s major intellectual, cultural, and political developments.

King receives Social Justice Award; delivers "This Is a Great Time to Be Alive" before Religion and Labor Foundation in New York

At a luncheon in the Sheraton Astor Hotel ballroom, King receives the 1957 Social Justice Award from the Religion and Labor Foundation. After accepting the award King delivers This Is a Great Time to Be Alive.


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