Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr: Interview with Pastor Fred Berry

“Martin Luther King, Jr. is my hero in terms of what he accomplished as a man of God,” said Pastor Fred Berry of Azusa St. Mission, who recently visited a local church. Berry, a child of the Civil Rights Movement, now ministers to the African American community in downtown LA.   “MLk, Jr.’s legacy as a pastor is about someone who was bold and courageous about the gospel, and who demonstrated it,” according to Berry. “We can judge the movements we’ve been seeing, such as BLM and Antifa, (and recently, the…

Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights

 Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you.    Matthew 5:44   That scripture defined the man and the movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—the icon of the Civil Rights Movement—was committed to nonviolent resistance to racial discrimination based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, and Henry David Thoreau. He preached peace, love, and unity as he fought for racial integration, labor, voting, and civil rights for African Americans in the 1950s…