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There Is a Balm in Gilead
by Lewis V. Baldwin

    Publication Date: Jan 05, 1991
    List Price: $31.00
    Format: Paperback, 364 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9780800624576
    Imprint: Augsburg Fortress
    Publisher: 1517 Media
    Parent Company: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

    Paperback Description:

    The sources of Martin Luther King, Jr., ’s phenomenal and prophetic impact on life in America and beyond have never been adequately understood. In this path-breaking volume, Lewis Baldwin traces King’s vision and activism not to his formal philosophical and theological development but directly to his roots in Southern black culture, where King spent most of his 39 years.

    King’s appropriation of the Bible, Gandhi, American participatory democracy, Boston personalism, and the theologies of Reinhold Niebuhr and the Social Gospel makes sense, Baldwin argues, only against his visceral and abiding identification with black culture and the black Christian tradition. Working directly with the trove of King’s sermons, speeches, and unpublished papers, Baldwin has reconstructed the pain and joy, the defeat and triumph King experienced in his formative family relationships, in the black church, in his childhood and education, in his marriage and children, in segregated black Atlanta, and in his leadership of America’s civil rights movement.

    Baldwin’s through research and engaging writing finally give us what King had but Scholars have missed: the sense of place that grounded his vision of the beloved community.