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Why Should Christians Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?

The third Monday in January marks a day of great celebration in America. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of God who helped pave the way for unity and freedom. Much like a modern-day Moses, King followed the prompting of the Lord and was a frontrunner to lead the African American people out of a time of great devastation. His mission and purpose still lives on today.The fact that there have been times in our country and around the world when people, made in the image of God, have been abused and enslaved is sickening. No matter what the color of your skin or your culture, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a holiday well worth honoring, especially as Christians.In 2022, MLK Day falls on January 17th. So why should Christians celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?Photo credit: ©Wikimedia Commons

Martin Luther King Jr's Last Full Year of Life: Protest, Praise, Ire, Incarceration

While Martin Luther King Jr. Day is mostly commemorated with quotes and clips of King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and footage of bus boycotts and the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, some of the most important moments of King’s work came later, as he turned his attention from civil rights to poverty and the Vietnam War. Here’s a sampling:

4 MLK Quotes That Just Mercy Demonstrates Perfectly

Just Mercytells the story of lawyer Bryan Stevenson as he takes on the case of a man on death row who he believes was wrongfully convicted on account of his race. Confronting racial injustice, this film lives out MLK's vision for social activism beautifully.

Would Martin Luther King Jr. be Heard Today?

As the nation celebrates what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 85th birthday, but would the worldview that he put forth in his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" get a hearing today? Hardly.

Selma Video Movie Review

"Selma" is garnering high praise from critics and moviegoers alike. Did the Crosswalk team think the merit was deserved? Check out Steve McGarvey and Debbie Holloway's take on this dramatization of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the march from Selma to Montgomery. Read Jeff Huston's full-text review for here.

King's Dream: The Good Society and the Moral Law

King's dream was to live in harmony with the moral law as God established it. So this Martin Luther King Day, reflect on that dream — for it is worthy of our aspirations, our hard work, and the same commitment Dr. King showed.

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Several years ago, the earliest recorded sermon of Dr. King was discovered. At the time he delivered it, Feb. 28, 1954, he was still a seminary student. The site was the Second Baptist Church of Detroit. He titled it "Rediscovering Lost Values."

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