Attached is an argument that Martin Luther King’s inspiration for his Civil Rights work came from his faith. The truth is, his faith was used as a defense against others using religion against him, not as an inspiration for the Movement.
We have to recognize the Civil Rights movement was a social, not a religious, project. When Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus in 1955, it was a full five years after President Truman had ordered integration of the military. Several black bus customers had refused to move before Parks. Neither Truman nor Parks said integration had a religious source.
What religion did was to provide some cover for the social movement. The only place black people could congregate and discuss their grievances was in their chruches.
Similarly, decades ago there were only a few safe places for gays to gather and discuss their grievances. It was definitely not in churches. They gathered in secret gay bars and in San Francisco at a Harvey Milk’s camera shop on Castro Street.
The point being that social movements need an environment where they can develop. It happened to be churches for blacks and places like Stonewall for gays.
I can understand why some religious people reach to give credit to their faith for things that happen–politicans do the same thing. The reality is, King, or any other black person, would have been quickly ushered out of dozens of Atlanta churches at that time.