“From Martin Luther to Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Professor Dr. Michael Haspel
Director of the Evangelical Academy in Thuringia and
Professor for Systematic Theology at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
hosted by the
Charlotte Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany,
The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation,
the Institute for Foreign Relations,
German Federal Foreign Office
Monday, June 26, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 1001 Queens Road Charlotte, NC 28207
There will be a $15 charge to attend this event.
RSVP by June 23rd
Abstract: Martin Luther King, Jr., did not bear his name from the beginning. It was not until his father had visited Berlin in 1934 for the conference of the Baptist World Alliance that he renamed himself and his eldest son from Michael to Martin. When Martin Luther King, Jr., visited Berlin himself in 1964, he told his audiences: “I am happy that my parents decided to name me after the great Reformer.” And he argued that the motivation of the activists in the civil-rights struggle is the same as Martin Luther’s objecting to recalling his teachings in 1521 at the Imperial Diet: “Our only explanation can be that we were gripped by God in His holy kairos; our only response could be that of Martin Luther: ‘Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God.’ ” This lecture will explore how Martin Luther King, Jr., drew on insights of Martin Luther and the Reformation for his motivation and concept for the struggle for freedom, justice, and equality.
Professor Dr. Michael Haspel is Director of the Evangelical Academy in Thuringia and Professor for Systematic Theology at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. He studied Protestant Theology, Rhetoric, and Public Law in Tübingen, Bonn, and Harvard, and received a Master of Theology degree from the Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Marburg. His emphasis is on social ethics. He was a guest lecturer at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and the University of Tartu, Estonia.
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