A professor of homiletics explores the different personas Black preachers wear in the public sphere and how this has often been misunderstood.
Religion was no barrier for Southern lynch mobs intent on terror. White pastors joined the KKK, incited racial violence and took part in lynchings. Sometimes, the victim was a preacher.
A long heritage of black preachers who played an important role for enslaved people shaped Martin Luther King Jr.'s moral and ethical vision.
Martin Luther King Jr. used a prophetic voice in his preaching -- a hopeful voice that addressed human tragedy. But it was the black clerics who came before him, who helped King develop that voice.