Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mormons

EXCERPTS from an article in LDS Living Magazine:

Two copies of the Book of Mormon were found in Martin Luther King Jr.’s personal library when his house was sold in 1990. While we couldn’t find any particular instance of him quoting from it, we hope he was as inspired by the words therein as we are!

To this day, general authorities of the Church continue to quote Martin Luther King, Jr. in talks and conference addresses. Dr. King’s moving rhetoric has occasionally been used to help teach Latter-day Saints about the importance of freedom, turning the other cheek, practicing compassion, and treating our fellow man with love and respect. One of our favorite Dr. King quotes used in a talk by Elder Holland is: “When our days become dreary with low hovering clouds and our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that … [God] is able to make a way out of no way, and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows.”

In 2013, James Taylor joined with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to sing a musical tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. While the entire concert was not focused on Martin Luther King Jr., the song “Shed a Little Light” was written for and dedicated tohim. Ruth Stevenson, a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, said, “This musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King will always be a timely message.”