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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speaks to Psychologists

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Friends, here’s something worth reading related to Dr. Martin Luther King Day. In September 1967, Dr. King spoke at the American Psychological Association’s Annual Convention. As the APA notes on their website: “A re-reading of his powerful address today captures the urgent tone of the 60s, as he cajoled the nation's social scientists to 'tell it like it is.' The words Dr. King spoke at that convention's Invited Distinguished Address were reprinted in the Journal of Social Issues though he was assassinated while his speech was still in galley proofs. He spoke that day on topics such as urban riots, war, unemployment, racism, and how social scientists could help. His wise words are still relevant today. Sometimes we discuss Dr. King only in terms of race relations, but he actually was a strong, progressive voice for many forms of inclusive social justice. Dr. King stated that for those who didn't understand his message of social justice didn't understand his message at all. It's interesting to reflect on how Dr. King would be treated in todays media and cultural climate if he were still alive and speaking today. Part of the reason I also like this so much is because I am both a minister and psychologist and I have a strong personal and professional interest in the integration of psychology and spirituality. This is worth reading and sharing, and of course let me know what you think! The text of his speech is here: http://www.apa.org/monitor/features/king-challenge.aspx

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2 David Zuniga PhD MDIV MA = "Hi Shawn, Thanks for embedding that link. I love the work of Dr. Martin Luther King. Part of the reason I shared that is because I think Dr. King was very progressive on many different fronts related to social justice, not just against segregation, but that he supported many progressive causes. Also, sometimes religion and psychology have been at odds with each other. This seems to represent one time when they came together, which I think is happening with more frequency now. Great to be in dialogue with you. Peace, Rev. Dr. David Zuniga (Psychologist and Deily Advisor; www.drdavidzuniga.com/)"