Martin Luther King Service (Santa Cruz), April 8, 1968


In this recording, Howard Thurman honors the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. , giving perspective to his "life and martyrdom." Thurman describes King's greatest contribution to be his ability to speak ethical insight from the center of his religious experience. Thurman says that this was a new development: to denounce racism, not just as un-American and undemocratic, but as a moral sin against God. Thurman assures us that King's work is unfinished, and that it is us who determine the meaning and significance of his life by how we respond. Thurman sees King as one who lived out his metaphysical principles, and put his trust in the "sound of the genuine" that can potentially be heard between every person.

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