Theology of Martin Luther King Jr. Print

Call for Proposals

This Group invites paper and panel proposals that explore the following topics:

  • King’s developing economic analysis and subsequent commitment to economic justice, including his critique of global capitalism and militarism
  • How King’s experiences with poverty in Chicago, ghettoization, and Cicero appear related to his theological vision — particularly as these reflect on his recognition of systemic poverty
  • The theological and historical significance of Operation Bread Basket
  • Gender in the Civil Rights Movement, especially patriarchy and the marginalization of women in the Movement
  • Connections of civil and human rights

Interdisciplinary analyses of King’s thought and activism are encouraged.


This Group’s purpose is to critically reflect upon the theological and ethical dimensions of King’s life and thought. Areas of inquiry in relation to King include, but are not limited to, social justice, nonviolence, war and peace, the beloved community, human dignity, and the broader intersections between liberal theologies and the Civil Rights Movement.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to Chairs and Steering Committee Members until after final acceptance or rejection.


Stephen G. Ray
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
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Method of Submission