MLK 2021

The Other America

Scholars and practitioners revisit Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech “The Other America,” considering how it speaks to the contemporary African American context and asking how necessary change can take place today.

“It is midnight in God’s house. . . The church in America finds itself struggling in the dark of midnight unsure of its purpose.”

Otis Moss III
Otis Moss III

Otis Moss III on America’s Midnight

Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, draws on the words of Martin Luther King Jr. in this sermon on the nation’s current darkness and God’s coming light.

+ Watch
Marne Campbell

Marne Campbell on Race

Marne Campbell, chair of the department of African American Church Studies at Loyola Marymount University, addresses the structural racism in the United States and the need for comprehensive change to happen on every level of society.

+ Watch
Cristin Fort

Christin Fort on Poverty

Christin Fort, assistant professor of psychology at Wheaton College, examines the effects poverty and poor mental health have on each other, the oppressive cycle created as a result, and the church’s role to take action.

+ Watch
Luke Bobo

Luke Bobo on Human Misery

Luke Bobo speaks about how the wealth gap and limited economic opportunities breeds present day suffering to African American communities in the US, and he challenges the church to respond in love and justice.

+ Watch
Marne Campbell, Cristin Fort, Luke Bobo

Panel | Marne Campbell, Christin Fort, Luke Bobo

Marne Campbell, Christin Fort, and Luke Bobo discuss Martin Luther King Jr., the Black church, and Black experience in this panel discussion with Vince Bantu and Dwight Radcliff.

+ Watch
Otis Moss III

Q&A | Otis Moss III

Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, discusses representation, prophetic and ancestral voices, and the Black experience in this Q&A with Dwight Radcliff.

+ Watch
panell sanjofa

Held by the William E. Pannell Center for Black Church Studies, the 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Celebration revisited his speech “The Other America.” Scholars and practitioners explored what Dr. King described as a triple ghetto—of race, poverty, and human misery—faced by African Americans and asked how the necessary changes to this country can take place today.