I’m going to make this BookNotes column short, and, hopefully, sweet. I’m going to solve your problem about how to commemorate the 60th anniversary of one of the great events in American history — the 1963 March on Washington. Yep, we have you covered.
Actually I had hoped to include this one item in the previous BookNotes (our store newsletter) which featured a number of mostly recent books about race, racism, and the grand and glorious (if troubled) civil rights movement. You may recall I highlighted what I said was one of the best books I ever read, a remarkable, informative, page-turner walking you through the tumultuous year of 1966. Saying It Loud: 1966–The Year Black Power Challenged the Civil Rights Movement by Mark Whitaker, is simply a must-read. I’m picking it up a second time and enjoying it so much; it is at once oddly sobering and quite inspiring. It usually sells for $29.99 but at our BookNotes 20% off sale price we have it at $23.99. I hope you saw the others I reviewed and the three that I invited you to consider pre-ordering. You can do that by clicking on our order tab, below.
Like any store, we can pre-order nearly anything and we have a number of little waiting lists for any number of anticipated forthcoming books. But for our purposes in the last BookNotes I very highly recommended that you pre-order The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy by Robert P. Jones, the memoir How Far to the Promised Land by Esau McCaulley and The Gospel According to James Baldwin by Greg Garrett.
The item that I wanted to add to that list, but it just wasn’t out yet — it arrived today! — is a video curriculum that we’ve been waiting for for, well, for decades. This is an excellent, informative, inspiring, and very well made introduction to and Christian exploration of the vision and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I was so very excited to learn of it, thrilled to watch the first episode a while back, and delighted to share it with you here, now. (See the link to the first episode, below.)
Share the Dream: Shining a Light in a Divided World through Six Principles of Martin Luther King, Jr. DVD and Participant’s Guide hosted by Matthew Daniels and Chris Broussard
(K.I.N.G. / Harper Christian Resources) $50.99 OUR SALE PRICE = $40.79
This pack includes a DVD and an excellent participant’s/leader’s workbook. It also includes an access code that allows you to stream the video content if you’d rather play it that way. There are discussion questions, reflection points, chapter summaries and a leader’s planning guide. There are nice graphics in the interior design and there are 18 small Bible studies to do between the sessions, or to draw from in your sessions. It’s fantastic and easy to use.
Here is how they describe it:
EMBRACE A LIFE OF LOVE FOR ALL HUMANITY
Share the Dream is a six-session video Bible study based on the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You will look at six biblical principles that shaped Dr. King’s life and motivated him to speak on behalf of African Americans in the Civil Rights Movement: love, conscience, freedom, justice, perseverance, and hope.
The best way to Share the Dream is to follow in Dr. King’s footsteps and embrace his vision. You can help a new generation better understand, live, experience, and ultimately form a community around the unifying principles at the heart of the dream to which Dr. King dedicated his life.
Sessions and video run times:
- Love (24:00)
- Conscience (16:00)
- Justice (17:30)
- Freedom (14:30)
- Perseverance (15:00)
- Hope (17:00)
While there are several good folks interviewed in each episode the hosts are two well-known and very fun black Christian leaders in both historic black churches and in the American sports scene. Dr. Matthew Daniels has been a sports chaplain and Chris Broussard (who I met years ago when we were both speaking at Taylor University) is an American sports analyst and commentator for Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports Radio. Best known for his coverage of the NBA, he is now a co-host on FS1’s afternoon show First Things First, as well as co-host of The Odd Couple with Rob Parker on Fox Sports Radio. Previously, he worked for The New York Times, ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, and made appearances on ESPN’s SportsCenter, NBA Countdown, First Take, and NBA Fastbreak as an analyst.
Matthew Daniels, J.D., Ph.D. teaches human rights and law on four continents and is the creator and Executive Producer of the Human Rights Network, an educational video network promoting universal rights through digital media. He is Chair of Law & Human Rights at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C., and founder of the Center for Law and Digital Culture at Brunel School of Law in London. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Handong International Law School in Pohang, South Korea — small world, I know his Dean, there — and at the University of Costa Rica. Professor Daniels is the creator of the nonprofit organization Good of All, which is committed to educating people around the world about human rights and freedoms.
In 2019, Good of All launched a Universal Rights Scholarship Program at four historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., as a joint project with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Advisory Council of Georgia. Dr. Daniels also served as the Executive Producer and Educational Advisor for the human rights documentary A Higher Law on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
So, these lively leaders know their stuff and are joined by Lecrae, Ambassador Andrew Young, Linsey Davis, and U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black, some who have studied Dr. King’s legacy their whole lives. This six-part series is fantastic and we would be honored if you ordered a “study pack” (a DVD and Participant’s Guide) at our sale price.
If you are unsure, watch this first episode so you can get a feel for the quality of the program. It’s interesting, upbeat, Biblical, but not too heavy. Good for all sorts of church fellowships, community classes, small groups, adult ed options as well as college and youth ministry settings.
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