Explores Martin Luther King’s series of speeches, “The Trumpet of Conscience,” on the intertwined issues of racism, militarism, and materialism, in light of today’s urgent social issues, which demand that demand a faith-based, justice-centered response: economic inequality, the refugee crisis, Black Lives Matter, and #MeToo.
Martin Luther King and The Trumpet of Conscience Today wrestles with the parts of King’s vision that have historically been the most uncomfortable for white Americans. The lectures that comprise The Trumpet of Conscience are a powerful critique of the triple American evils of racism, the scourge of poverty, and the horrors of war.
Jean-Charles offers a faith-based understanding of social justice issues, while asking questions similar to those King posed in his speeches: “If I do not stop to help families separated at the border what will happen to them?”; “If I do not stop to help those suffering as a result of income inequality, what will happen to them?” “If I do not stop to help survivors of rape and sexual abuse what will happen to them?”
Régine Michelle Jean-Charles is associate professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and African and African Diaspora Studies at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. Her work has appeared in American Quarterly, Callaloo, French Forum, Journal of Haitian Studies, Journal of Romance Studies, Research in African Literatures, and Small Axe. She is a board member, lecturer, and performer for A Long Walk Home, Inc., a non-profit that uses art to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people to end violence against girls and women.