Charlotte Talks: Continuing Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy, Religion’s Role In Social Justice

Jan 15, 2018

Rev. Rodney Sadler (far right, with water bottle) praying with protesters after the Keith Lamont Scott shooting in 2016.
Credit Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

Monday, January 15, 2018 

Martin Luther King used religion as a basis for his fight for civil rights. It's happening again today with a slightly different focus. Religion's role in addressing social justice.

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Day, celebrating his accomplishments as a civil rights activist. But he was also a Baptist preacher who used his religion to underpin his civil rights message. He set an example that is being followed today in the efforts to end racism, reduce racial inequality and stop police brutality. And it's happening in Charlotte. We saw examples of this during the unrest in 2016. 

We speak with a few of the people taking up the torch about some of the tough conversations they're having with their congregations about the role of the church in race and the quest for social justice.

This show originally aired on January 19, 2017.

Guests

Dr. Julia Marie Robinson - Associate Professor of Religious Studies at UNC Charlotte and Author of Race, Religion, and the Pulpit: Reverend Robert L. Bradby and the Making of Urban Detroit. She is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church.

Rev. Rodney Sadler - Ordained Baptist minister and vice chairman of the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice. Associate Professor of Bible, Union Presbyterian Seminary

Rev. James Howell - Senior Pastor, Myers Park United Methodist Church