May / June 2009
Book End, A Day with Martin Luther King, Jr., August 16, 1961
The American Lutheran Church took on shape and structure in 1960. A year later, the denomination's ministry with youth, Luther League, held its first triennial convention in Miami Beach, Florida on August 15-20, 1961. The keynote speaker on August 16 was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who spoke during the hour-long "Christ Lives in the World." His topic was the fundamental need for the church to share God's agape when facing societal injustice. Later that day, he joined a panel to answer questions before an audience of several hundred Leaguers and guests. On the panel with Dr. King were (left to right) Don Luther, Robert Graetz, Carl Reuss, and (not pictured) Ewald Bash.
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Click here to view all the archived images and audio MP3s from this convention. Courtesy of the ELCA Archives.
This article appeared in the May / June 2009 issue of Lutheran Partners (vol. 25, no. 3).