The night before he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. stood in the pulpit of the Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ) in Memphis, Tennessee, to deliver what would become his eulogy. As the hall’s air fills with reverberating “Amens” and “Hallelujahs,” King attempts to share with the eager crowd that he had come to a place in his life where he wanted to do only one thing: “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place.” And then he says, “But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will.” King testifies that he was inspired to do God’s will, that is, to continue the struggle for social justice, because “[God] allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land.”
This online course will explore King’s religious conversion experiences and stages in the development of his faith that facilitated his journey to the mountaintop. Participants will be challenged to reimagine the mountaintop not just as a promise—i.e., a vision of the approaching beloved community—but as a performance—i.e., the doing of God’s will in the here and now. Students will engage with the professor in two live sessions and receive written feedback on their reflection papers.
Dates: October 18 - 29, 2021
Live Sessions: Thursdays, October 21 and 28, 2021, 7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. eastern time
See FAQ page for details on earning C.E.U.s
Standard Fee: $225
Early Bird Fee: $175 (Discount ends September 13 at 11:59pm ET)
Register by October 8, 2021.