Carlos E. Martin received his B.A. from Hendricks College in 1953 and his B.D. from Southern Methodist University in 1956. As a young Methodist minister, Martin was called to St. Luke in Pine Bluff, where he served from 1957 to 1959. He later served Methodist churches throughout Arkansas, including Oak Lawn United Methodist Church in Hot Springs as well as St. Luke United Methodist Church in Little Rock. In Pine Bluff Martin was an active and outspoken proponent for school integration at Dollarway High School—so much so that he received hate mail and death threats from the local Klan and White Citizens Council.
In this sermon to his small congregation in Pine Bluff, Martin gives an excruciatingly personal account of what it is like to serve both man and God. On the surface, the speech does not appear to address directly the issue of race. A careful reading, though, reveals that Martin’s ministerial role as a prophet and truth-teller are surrounded by terms that suggest the vexing matter of race. As with many
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Publication information: Book title: Rhetoric, Religion and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965. Contributors: Davis W. Houck - Editor, David E. Dixon - Editor. Publisher: Baylor University Press. Place of publication: Waco, TX. Publication year: 2006. Page number: 333.
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