The Slingshot: Dispatch from #MLK50; DeVos criticism; Spring reading

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Participants in the A.C.T. to End Racism Rally walk along the National Mall on April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Need to know: Thursday, April 5, 2018

A lasting legacy

King’s death remembered with pledges to confront racism

"Certainly, ending racism might seem like an aspiration but, like the very first disciples, we followers of Jesus are called to bear witness to something that the world cannot yet believe is possible," said the Rev. Sharon Watkins. More from Religion News Service

Faith feud

Faith-based education group is calling out Betsy DeVos

In a letter, the group’s leader identifies as “a fellow person of faith” — a reference to DeVos’ very public Christian faith — and says she is “disappointed” with the secretary’s recent remarks. More from Religion News Service

'Tis the season (for reading)

Spring books: The renewal edition

Check out eight new books — and one bonus track — where religion and spirituality are themes. More from Religion News Service

Looking back, marching forward

Where today’s black church leaders stand on activism

Black pastors are trying to figure out how to strike a balance of engaging in Dr. King’s unfinished work of fighting racism, while remaining true to a historically conservative institution. (Subscription may be required) More from New York Times

Covert tactics

New documents reveal how the FBI deployed a televangelist to discredit Martin Luther King

The FBI colluded with Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux, then a widely successful black radio preacher and televangelist, in their campaign against Martin Luther King. More from Religion & Politics