Ralph E. Luker has taught in history departments at Allegheny College, Antioch College, and Morehouse College and in religion departments at Lincoln University and Virginia Tech.

He is the author of The Social Gospel in Black and White: American Racial Reform, 1885-1912, which won the Kenneth Scott Latourette Prize and was named an Outstanding Book of 1991 by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights. His work on Volumes I and II of The Papers of Martin Luther King was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. More recently, Luker has edited the memoirs of Mary White Ovington and published the Historical Dictionary of the Civil Rights Movement.

His articles have appeared in American Quarterly, Church History, the Journal of American History, the Journal of Negro History, the New England Quarterly, Slavery and Abolition, the South Atlantic Quarterly, Southern Cultures, Southern Studies, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. Currently, he is preparing a critical edition of the Vernon Johns Papers, "The Man Who Started Freedom": The Essays, Sermons and Speeches of Vernon Johns, for publication.





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