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January 21, 2008

A Summer With The King Family

A Summer With The King Family

Today, more than half a million Americans are beginning "40 Days of Service" - a national event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King's commitment to service.

Nearly 50 years ago, Gurdon Brewster witnessed first-hand the King family's dedication to service. In the summer of 1961 when he was a seminary student, Gurdon volunteered to work at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. He stayed with Dr. King's father, Daddy King.

As a white northerner in the South, Gurdon struggled with two kinds of discrimination that summer - from both African-American parishioners and his fellow white clergymen. He talks with Dick Gordon about his experiences in the pulpit, and his many one-on-one talks with Daddy King over breakfast - as well as the conversation he had with Dr. King about the art of loving your enemies.

Music

"The Gospel Train" (2002), Third Creek Baptist Church and Bob Carlin , Album: African-American Note Choirs of Alexander County, North Carolina ;"Ain't Gone Let Nobody Turn Me Around" (2001), SNCC Freedom Singers

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