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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Life: Vocation As A Social Movement

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This chapter focuses on four very essential elements that impacted upon the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, family, church, community, education, that pushed him in the direction of "vocation as social movement", that is, how his family heritage, his deep roots in the Black Church, and the sense of responsibility and dignity which he animated in his community and in his education universalized his "traditional vocation" into a worldwide social movement. It shows how King began with a received traditional "vocation" in the sense of an occupation, transcended its limits, and then developed a more personal vocation that he cultivated within the occupation's framework. One of the main tenets of Dr. King's social philosophy was the conviction that nonviolent resistance (Gandhi's teachings) was one of the most potent weapons available to oppressed people in their quest for social justice.

Keywords: Black Church; Dr. Martin Luther King; social movement; vocation



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