Martin Luther King and the Bible

A song we immediately associate with the civil rights movement is from Psalm 16:8: “I have set the LORD before me . . . I shall not be moved!” The Bible played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement—and Martin Luther King was often its spokesperson.

King frequently quoted the Bible in his speeches, and certainly in his now iconic speech in the nation’s capital in 1963, from Isaiah 40:4–5: “I have a dream that one day every valley should be exalted . . . and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it . . ." And on November 17, Museum of the Bible opens in Washington, D.C., celebrating this book of all books!

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