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Martin Luther to Martin Luther King, Jr. – Lecture & Lunch

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Lunch will be provided. Free Will Offering.

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“Here I Stand, I Can Do No Other,
So Help Me God.”
From Martin Luther To Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. did not bear his name from the beginning. Only after his father had visited Berlin in 1934 for the conference of the Baptist World Alliance, the father changed his name and the name of his oldest son from Michael to Martin. When King, Jr. visited Berlin himself in 1964, he told his audiences, “I am happy that my parents decided to name me after the great Reformer.” He furthermore stated that the motivation of the activists in the civil rights struggle is the same as Martin Luther’s objecting to recall his teachings in 1521, “Our only explanation can be that we were gripped by God in this holy kairos; our only response could be that of Martin Luther. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God.”

The lecture will explore how Martin Luther King, Jr. used insights of Martin Luther and the reformation for his motivation and concept in his the struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

About Professor Dr. Michael Haspel

Prof. Dr. Michael Haspel is currently the Executive Director of the Evangelische Akademie Thüringen near Erfurt, Germany and holds an extraordinary professorship in systematic theology at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. He studied Protestant Theology, Rhetoric, and Public Law in Tübingen, Bonn, and Harvard, and received a Master of Theology degree from the Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Theology from th University of Marburg. His research interests include social ethics, peace ethics, human rights and church and society. In his dissertation, he compared the role the Protestant churches in former East Germany played in the democracy movement to the role of black churches in the civil rights movement. He has also been a guest lecturer at Stellenbosch University, South Africa and the University of Tartu, Estonia.

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A special thank you to the sponsors of this event – Johanniter Order (Order of St. John), the Dallas Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany, the Dallas Goethe Center and the Luther Center of North Texas. This event is also being made possible by a grant of the Germany Embassy in Washington and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Houston.

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