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."
Yang, Sunggu, "Background of King's Preaching Theology (Chapter One of King's Speech: Preaching Reconciliation in a World of Violence and Chasm)" (2019). Faculty Publications - College of Christian Studies. 350.