In ‘Shaking The Gates Of Hell,’ John Archibald Confronts Father’s Silence From Pulpit In Civil Rights Period | WFAE 90.7

John Archibald, a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist, was born 11 days before Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his famous “Letter from a Birmingham Prison”.

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At the time, Archibald’s father was an Alabama Methodist minister who was loved by his communities and by his son. But when Archibald discovered a treasure trove of his father’s ancient sermons, he found that his father had been largely silent about the civil rights movement that was changing the world right under his nose.

This revelation prompted Archibald to write his new book, Shaking the Gates of Hell, which attempts to unravel what Archibald learned about his father with what he still loves about him. This is something that resonated with me, and maybe some of you too.

BTW: I don’t want to give too much away, but this episode of SouthBound has a post-credits sequence – just like these Marvel movies! Stay until the end … especially if you’re a college football fan.

Show notes:

Other music in this episode:

  • Dee Yan-Key, “Go down Moses”
  • Yusuke Tsutsumi, “Heaven”

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