The Life of Peace Apostle Harcourt Klinefelter
Globalizing the Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Pastor Harcourt Klinefelter (1938) was the former press officer of Martin Luther King. He walked with thousands As a young man, Harcourt “”Harky”” Klinefelter became involved in the US’s civil rights movement of the 1960s. He was at the right place at the right time–the Selma March of 1965–to become the soundman for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This meant that Harky was there to record King’s sermons and historic speeches that Harky then prepared for re-broadcasting. After King’s assassination in 1968, Harky worked as minister to the street people and in 1972 he moved to Europe, where he is working to spread King’s message about meeting discrimination, poverty, and violence with nonviolent action, and to be a negotiator and trainer for peace in war-torn countries. Along with his memories of working closely with King are some of Harky’s philosophical and theological insights, an account of his teaching and training career, his ministry, his peace activities, and a life lived out from the faith that overcomes.of people, black and white, the 3rd Montgomery to Selma march in 1965. He brought a tape recorder and interviewed many people.
With the interviews he went to King who said to bring them to Bill Stein. The interviews were broadcasted on national radio and from that moment Klinefelter was responsible for the speeches of Dr. King. At the SCLC-office he met Dutch Annelies Koopmans and married her in 1966. They live in Steenwijkerwold, the north of the Netherlands, and Klinefelter always continued the nonviolent fight for equal rights.
His biography is titled ‘The life of peace apostle Harcourt Klinefelter, the globalization of the Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King’ by Katrien Ruitenberg (Dutch). Harcourt, also called Harky, still owns the old tape recorder and audio tapes that recorded the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King.