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Excerpt: "From birth, King was surrounded and influenced by the black faith community. Both his maternal grandfather and his father were successful African-American Baptist preachers in Atlanta, Georgia. Put simply, "King was a product of the black church in America:" How exactly, then, did the black Baptist church-or the black church in general-influence King's reconciliatory preaching theology? There are at least three significant elements of the black church tradition that influenced King: the freedom tradition, open-ended Christian practices, and the particular interpretative tools of allegory and typology."


Originally published as the first chapter of King’s Speech: Preaching Reconciliation in a World of Violence and Chasm, by Sunggu Yang (Author), Rebecca Hernandez (Foreword) Cascade Books, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2019.