As the world reflects on the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, it is evident that some people–and not just the young and history deprived–confuse Martin Luther the Reformer with Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader.
One thing I learned from the new Luther documentary is that there really is a connection. Rev. Michael King, Sr., was an African-American Baptist minister, whose son was named Michael King, Jr. Rev. King, an early civil rights activist, attended a conference in Germany, where he became interested in Martin Luther.