(RNS) Beloved Hymns Carried Martin Luther King Through Troubled Times

Posted by Kendall Harmon

At 87, the Rev. C.T. Vivian can still recall the moment, decades after the height of the civil rights movement.

As he stood to conclude a meeting in his Atlanta home, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. joined his activist colleagues in song, his eyes closed, rocking back and forth on his heels.

“There is a balm in Gilead,” they sang, “to make the wounded whole.”

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Filed under: * Christian Life / Church LifeLiturgy, Music, Worship* Culture-WatchHistoryRace/Race Relations* International News & CommentaryAmerica/U.S.A.

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