The Secularization of MLK

It is no coincidence that Reverend King marched on the Feast of St. Augustine, one of his favorite early Church heroes. It was Augustine’s declaration that “charity is no substitute for justice withheld” that inspired the young King to pursue his ministry with more fervor.

It’s important to remember that King viewed the March as a religious experience more than a political rally. His sermon “I Have A Dream” was rooted in the words of the prophet of Isaiah who too had a dream of a world made new with God’s loving justice.