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Schweitzer, Albert

b. 1875 - d. 1965

Albert Schweitzer, born in Kaisersberg, Germany, was a minister, theologian, philosopher, accomplished organist and medical doctor. He studied Protestant theology at the University of Strasbourg and did his doctoral dissertation on Kant at the Sorbonne and the University of Tübingen. He accepted a preaching post at St. Nicholas Church and was principal of the Theological College of St. Thomas. An authority on Johann Sebastian Bach, by age 29 he had written books on Bach, organ-building and The Quest for the Historical Jesus. At age 30, Schweitzer turned to preaching the Gospel without words. He trained as a medical doctor and left for Africa as a missionary, founding a hospital at Lambaréné in French Equatorial Africa. Schweitzer considered his greatest achievement his philosophy of Reverence for Life, a concept that Dr. King cited. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952 and was vocal against atmospheric nuclear testing and the nuclear arms race.

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Dexter Echo: April 6, 1960

This edition of The Dexter Echo addressed to Dr.

Follow Me

Dr. King outlines a sermon. "Follow Me" and "The Call of Christ" are considered as possible titles.

Letter from A. S. Young to MLK

Mr. Young criticizes Dr. King and the black community for their support of heavyweight champion Cassius Clay's refusal to be drafted into the military. He also expresses worry about the quality of black leadership and urges a move from a selfish focus on Negroes only to concern for all people.

Letter from Don Blaine to MLK

Don Blaine seeks advice from Dr. King concerning the idea of organizing a peace caravan that would travel throughout the United States. Blaine views this suggestion as a way to garner international support for peace.

Letter from Roland Gammon to MLK

Roland Gammon requests an interview with Dr. King for a sequel to Faith Is A Star, a book about the role faith has played in the lives of prominent Americans. The sequel will focus on world leaders.

Letter from Shinichi Oshima to MLK

Fifteen year old Shinichi Oshima of Japan, writes Dr. King expressing his admiration and appreciation for the movement and the black man. He also discusses his religious views and his desire to help black men in Africa.

Men Who Live Differently

James E. Will shares a Christian perspective on conformity and its relation to humanity and God.

On Being a Good Neighbor

Dr. King tells the Biblical story of the "Good Samaritan on the Road to Jericho," in which a traveler has been robbed, beaten and left for dead. Dr. King connects this story to the Declaration of Independence and offers an analysis of the modern era. Following the example of the "Good Samaritan," he encourages looking beyond "race, religion and nationality" to help those wounded by injustices.

Religion and Peace of Soul

Dr. King cites a quotation from Jesus Christ that discusses peace, the "chief legacy" of religion. Dr. King explains that inner peace is maintained regardless of the external adversity one endures in life. Dr. King continues to elaborate on the necessary functional relationship one must have with God. He further describes the association between good, evil, innocence and more.

Who is Truly Great

Dr. King addresses the subject of individual greatness within society and how to truly go about achieving such a status. He begins by dispelling common signifiers of greatness before indicating that greatness can only be substantively measured through the ability to put others before self. Dr. King cites the life of Jesus Christ as an example of humility culminating into greatness.