Martin Luther King Jr.'s Epic Challenge to the Church
by Edward Gilbreath
"Edward Gilbreath uses his historical insight, theological sensitivity and nitty-gritty honesty to help us remember King for his challenges to the church."
—Edward J. Blum, coauthor of The Color of Christ
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Journalist Edward Gilbreath explores the place of the prophetic "Letter from Birmingham Jail" in the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"What many in our nation persistently overlook or deny, to our collective peril, is the fact that we're each complicit in 'the race problem,' and we each have a role to play in resolving it."
"Birmingham Revolution is a must-read for students, activists, pastors, community leaders and all persons who claim the Christian community as their home." Read what Bethel University's Curtiss Paul DeYoung and others are saying about the book.
"I wanted to plainly connect King’s life and work to the church, since I believe it was the church and King’s Christian convictions that inspired and empowered the movement he would lead."
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Birmingham Revolution offers both a stirring challenge and a strong dose of hope to American evangelicals.
Using the backdrop of Dr. King’s famous letter from the Birmingham jail and the historical context from which it emerged, Gilbreath exposes the dirty little secret about Race and American Christianity that Black folks have known for years.
Gilbreath also seeks to re-radicalize Rev. Dr. King by reminding us that he was a true extremist for the sake of love and justice whose activism extended far beyond his dream of racial harmony.
King articulated a national vision for justice and equality, even while he embodied the fruits of opportunity for a white nation who doubted African American potential.
Bruce G. Epperly
We have come a long way toward confronting the blatant racism challenged by Martin Luther King, but we have a long way to go to fulfilling God’s – and King’s – dream of Shalom.
How many of us would rather ignore the persistence race issues that plague the church? How many of us feel uncomfortable even discussing issues of race?
Gilbreath's phenomenal new book is proof that we will likely never cease to uncover new levels of appreciation for or new revelations in regards to the incredible life and ministry of Dr. King.