Lewis Baldwin explores King's quest for truth from his inquisitive childhood to the influence of family and church, to Morehouse College, Crozer Theological Seminary, Boston University, and other academic institutions in the Northeast. Continuing on, the book follows King's sense that he was involved in experiments of truth within the context of the struggle to liberate and empower humanity, to his understanding of the civil rights movement as unfolding truth, to his persistent challenge to America around its need to engage in a serious reckoning with truth regarding its history and heritage. Baldwin investigates King's determination to speak truth to power, and his untiring efforts to actualize what he envisioned as the truthful ends of the beloved community through the truthful means of nonviolent direct action. King believed, taught, and demonstrated by example that truth derives from a revolution in the heart, mind, and soul before it can be translated into institutions and structures that guarantee freedom, justice, human dignity, equality of opportunity, and peace.
Ultimately, King's significance for humanity cannot be considered only his contributions as a preacher, pastor, civil rights leader, and world figurehe was and remains equally impactful as a theologian, philosopher, and ethicist whose life and thought evince an enduring search for and commitment to truth.
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About the Author
Beverly Lanzetta is Research Associate at the Southwest Institute for Research on Women, at the University of Arizona Tucson. She is the author of Emerging Heart (2007, 978-0-8006- 3893-1) and Radical Wisdom (2005, 978-0-8006-3698-2).
Table of Contents
1 Paths to Truth: The Enduring Search 9
2 Symphony of Truth: Meanings and Categories 55
3 Strange Ambivalence: Truth and the Dialectical Nature of Persons and Society 99
4 Courageous Maladjustment: Speaking Truth to Power 149
5 The New Advancing Truth: The Spirit of a Movement 203
6 A Distorted Legacy: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. in a Post-Truth Age 271