When he first heard that a white police officer had fatally shot a young black man near St. Louis last summer, the Rev. Jamal Bryant got a sick feeling in his stomach.
Then a friend sent video.
"Seeing Michael Brown's body on the ground, covered in that yellow blanket, made it almost traumatic," says Bryant, pastor of the Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore and a well-known social activist. Within 48 hours, he was in Ferguson, Mo., among the protesters lining the streets.
Bryant, 43, was born well after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who would have turned 86 last week. But what he saw in Missouri struck him as a modern incarnation of King's...