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The Rev. Ralph Abernathy and his family march with the Rev. and Mrs. Martin Luther King on march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. Courtesy: Abernathy Family/Wikimedia Commons.

Eyewitness to Selma: Faith Leaders’ Stand for Civil Rights

“Many people cannot understand the depth of patriotism of Martin King and other civil rights heroes and heroines." Pastor recalls historic effort for voting rights. View

The Rev. Gil Caldwell walks with MLK at a rally in Boston in 1958. Courtesy: the Rev. Gil Caldwell.

The Rev. Gil Caldwell: Sharing MLK’s Dream

'One can never be at rest when one knew Martin King.' Retired pastor stood with civil rights leader then, and continues fight for justice today. View

The Rev. James Lawson speaks about nonviolence at First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., the site of a 1961 confrontation between Freedom Riders and an angry mob. 2009 file photo by Kathy L. Gilbert,  United Methodist News Service.

The Rev. James Lawson: Sharing MLK’s Dream

“Love and truth and compassion still are the only ways.” The Rev. James Lawson recalls what he learned from MLK. View

Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery's Ninety Years Birthday Celebration at the Atlanta Symphony Hall, October 9, 2011 included a birthday song by Stevie Wonder.  Next to Rev. Lowery is his wife of 60 years, Evelyn Lowery. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

The Rev. Joseph Lowery: Sharing MLK’s Dream

“The fear of death...never affected his commitment.” The Rev. Joseph Lowery describes his time with Martin Luther King Jr. View

Victor Cyrus-Franklin serves as an assistant pastor at Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. Photo provided by Victor Cyrus-Franklin.

Victor Cyrus-Franklin: Sharing MLK’s Dream

"We can learn from what happened then to help us learn what...to do now." Young pastor recalls the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. View

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington was dedicated by President Obama on Oct. 16, 2011. Photo by Maile Bradfield, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodists share MLK’s dream

United Methodists who knew the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. describe how he changed their lives. View

‘A riot is the language of the unheard.’

In response to unrest in Baltimore, Bishop Peggy Johnson says we must improve relations between communities and police, listen to each other and wage a "vigilant peace in our cities." Read More

Retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert .A UMNS file photo by John C. Goodwin.

Bishop Melvin Talbert: Sharing MLK’s Dream

“I was privileged to be in the same jail cell with him for three days and three nights.” Bishop Melvin Talbert recalls the influence of Martin Luther King Jr. View

An image of Rosa Parks is part of the ‘Icons of the Civil Rights Movement,’ exhibit by United Methodist artist Pamela Chatterton-Purdy. Photo courtesy of Board of Church and Society.

UMTV: Civil Rights Art

United Methodist artist uses works in wood and gold leaf to memorialize 16 people and events critical to the U.S. civil rights movement. View

Bishop James Thomas: Sharing MLK’s Dream

“Martin was about much more than race.” Bishop James Thomas reflects on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. View

Bishop Felton May at the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. May is interim chief executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Photo #GC0088. April 24, 2008. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Bishop Felton May: Sharing MLK’s Dream

“Thanks be to God for you having the courage to utilize the gifts that God gave you.” Bishop Felton May shares a message to Martin Luther King Jr. View

Video image of Bishop Woodie White reading his 2015 letter to Martin Luther King Jr. Courtesy of Candler School of Theology.

Bishop White reads his 2015 letter to MLK

'Is there the belief that black life is not as valued in our nation as white life?' Watch video of this year's message to Martin Luther King Jr. View

The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell answers questions during a 2008 panel discussion hosted by Soulforce, a national interfaith gay rights network. The event was held across the street from the Fort Worth (Texas) Convention Center, site of the 2008 United Methodist General Conference. File photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS

Turning racial nightmares into dreams

In a commentary, the Rev. Gilbert Caldwell — a veteran of the U.S. civil rights movement — urges us to recognize the nation’s struggles on race. Read More

Bishop Woodie White composes his annual letter to the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in advance of the civil rights leader's Jan. 15 birthday. The 2009 letter, his 33rd, celebrates Barack Obama’s election as the first black American president of the United States of America.  Now retired and serving as bishop-in-residence at United Methodist-related Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, White was the first top staff executive of The United Methodist Church's racial equality monitoring agency, the Commission on Religion and Race. A UMNS Video image. Photo #090021. File video image by Carlos Jasso, United Methodist Communications

Bishop’s letter to MLK reflects on Selma, Ferguson

Woodie White writes civil rights leader that for many Americans, the color of one’s skin still determines a human’s value. “But, I still believe, Martin.” Read More

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington was dedicated by President Obama on Oct. 16, 2011. A UMNS photo courtesy of Maile Bradfield. Accompanies UMNS story #018. 1/13/12.; A UMNS photo by Maile Bradfield

Resources for Martin Luther King Day

Churches and individuals can honor the civil rights leader and learn more through prayers, articles, and quick links to historic information. Read More

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