Invoking MLK in Today's Struggle for Racial Justice

Deshonna Collier-Goubil

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is revered by most Christians in todays society, however during the Civil Rights movement many from the Christian tradition did not agree with his push for Civil Rights–action oriented love, nor his non violent direct action approach.  In comparison to his contemporaries, Dr. King’s message and tactics have become revered in the 21st Century.  So much so, that MLK’s words have often been used to chastise the leadership and tactics of the present #BlackLivesMatter movement.  Have we been mislead however?  If MLK were alive today, might the tactics and push for social justice embodied by BLM coincide with Dr. King’s longing for the “Beloved Community”? This and other issues with the current state of racial relations within the criminal justice system will be discussed.