American Prophet: The Legacy and Challenge of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Speaker(s): Iwan Russell-Jones
Date: July 29 2013
Length: 73min
Product ID: RGDL4300T

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Since his assassination in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. has become known and celebrated throughout the world as a champion of freedom and a secular icon of human rights. But there's another side to this man that is easy to overlook: King the raging prophet of God's judgement on the West, the Baptist pastor who said that his mission was "to redeem the soul of America". In this lecture, Iwan Russell-Jones, who has made two films about King for the BBC, explores this aspect of his leadership of the civil rights movement. What kind of religion did he believe in? What made him tick? And what can we learn from the theological vision at the heart of his work?

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Dr. Iwan Russell-Jones is Eugene and Jan Peterson Associate Professor of Theology and the Arts, and the Head of the Christianity and the Arts Program at Regent College. He has over 25 years of experience as a producer and director for the BBC, in both television and radio, and is a founding co-editor of the Ship of Fools website. For four years, he taught at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, where he set up a new department to explore the interaction between faith, media, and contemporary culture.

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