Lawrence Edward Carter Sr.
Lawrence E. Carter, Sr. has spent his career working to realize Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision for peace and justice through education and action, including
lectures at universities and seminaries around the world. His mission was dramatically renewed after meeting Buddhist educator Daisaku Ikeda. Dedicated to interfaith
dialogue, Carter has spoken to Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist communities,
as well as to more than eighteen Christian denominations. He is also a tenured professor
of religion at Morehouse, a Baptist minister, and author of four books.
A Baptist Preacher's Buddhist Teacher
In this inspiring, soul-stirring memoir, Lawrence E. Carter Sr. shares his quest to experience Martin Luther King Jr.’s “beloved community”. Carter discovered that King’s dream was being realized by the Japanese Buddhist philosopher and tireless peace worker Daisaku Ikeda. Carter knew that King had been inspired by Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi, a Hindu. now Ikeda, a Buddhist, began showing Carter how King’s message of justice, equality, and the fundamental dignity of life could be carried to millions of people around the world. What ensued was not a conversion but a conversation—about the essential role of interfaith dialogue, the primacy of education, and the value of a living faith to create a human revolution and realize King’s dream of a “global world house.”