Thursday, April 19, 2012

Old Ebenezer Baptist Church

The Old Ebenezer Baptist Church was founded in 1886 and has a long history in Atlanta. Most prominent to outsiders, though, is the young pastor who joined his father on the staff in 1960, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Of course we all know his work in promoting nonviolence and fighting against racism in the segregated South, but perhaps some overlook that his religious convictions laid the foundation for this work. For example, I highly recommend reading the book Strength to Love a collection of his sermons, that show how closely his social and political work was tied to his faith. Today the church he preached in is part of the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site. This LEGO rendition was built by Ryan Wood for inclusion in the Legoland Discovery Center in Atlanta and if you compare it to the original you'll see it's an amazing replica.

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