Martin Luther King Jr.
“[Martin Luther King Jr.] died because of his efforts to remake Jesus and America. He and the civil rights movement around him tried to present Christ as a universal savior whose life showed what current science and anthropology were revealing–that skin color bore no relationship to innate qualities and that racial categories were created by societies. Christ’s actions, ethics, and words mattered. His skin tone, hair length, or eye color did not. The effort to take back Jesus from the prosouthern, prowhite, and proimperialist representations that dominated previous decades was a tall order, but in some ways they were successful. Most Americans after the civil rights era would agree that Jesus was not a friend to segregation or racism.” (p. 214) —The Color of Christ, The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America, Edward Blum and Paul Harvey.