Voting Rights Act of 1965

At King's church, advice on 21st century social activism

Long-tenured members of Martin Luther King Jr.'s church have some advice for today's social justice activists: You're on the right side, but get organized, never use or condone violence, and always use the power to vote that earlier generations secured.

Howard King, a World War II veteran who joined Ebenezer Baptist Church during the civil rights movement, understands the tensions laid bare by police killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota and a sniper's retaliatory killings of five Dallas officers.

"Racists didn't drop off into the earth, they just changed their tactics" after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, said the...