King Maker: Applying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Leadership Lessons In Working With Athletes And Entertainers

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"The story of Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most influential narratives in American and world history. Here, Dr. Marcus 'Goodie' Goodloe shares a missing and often forgotten part of that story, writing vividly and insightfully about King's efforts to intersect athletes and entertainers in the struggle for equal opportunity, justice, and peace.

Kingmaker: Applying Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 's Leadership Lessons in Working with Athletes and Entertainers will inspire you to live differently while pursuing more enlightening and practical ways to do just that. Dr. Goodloe challenges us all to learn from and understand Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy in new and different ways. Focusing on King's working relationships with respected figures in the athletic and entertainment industries, Goodloe extracts 'leadership lessons' from which people of all walks of life can learn.

A remarkably revealing and highly provocative presentation by an emerging young King scholar, who is also committed to educating and empowering 'Kingmakers' for today and tomorrow." Lewis V. BaldwinEmeritus Professor of Religious StudiesVanderbilt UniversityAuthor of The Voice of Conscience: The Church in the Mind of Martin Luther King Jr.


Marcus “Goodie” Goodloe

Marcus Goodie Goodloe, Ph.D. A Compton, California native, Marcus "Goodie" Goodloe, Ph.D. travels around the country mentoring students and educators, business professionals, athletes and entertainers, and faith communities on a range of issues including cultural and interpersonal relationships, leadership, team and synergy, character formation, and faith.

Goodie is an active volunteer of Wave Church, Los Angeles, California, where he heads up the pastoral care team; he serves on the speaking team for the other Wave Church campuses. Additionally, he serves as Teaching Pastor at Parkcrest Church, in Long Beach, California; and he has has served as an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University, in Dallas, Texas since 2012.

He has worked with The Oklahoma University (Football Team), Dallas Baptist University Athletics, Southern Mississippi University (Football Team), The University of New Mexico (Football and Basketball Teams), The University of Kansas (Football Team), Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the national and state levels, and professional teams including the NFL's Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers. Goodie serves on the Community Engagement Board for Redondo Beach Police Department. Additionally, he continues to work with members of the law enforcement community as well as community activists in efforts to foster better understanding and education, on matters of fairness and justice with respect to the judicial system, and cooperative policing.

He is the author of the book, KingMaker: Applying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Leadership Lessons in Working with Athletes and Entertainers (2015), and co-author of Habits: Six Steps To The Art Of Influence (2017). In 2016, Dallas Baptist University established the Marcus Goodie Goodloe Scholarship in his honor.

Goodie and his wife of 21 years, Lucy, live in the Los Angeles area and have two children, Hannah Marie (age 17) and Joshua C.H. (age 15).

You may also contact Goodie at Leadership Speakers Bureau to schedule him for speaking or leadership engagements.


This book is a must read for those who are involved in philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, international development, and other charitable movements. As someone who has taken scores of leadership courses in graduate business school and through professional development opportunities, it is not often that I read something new on the subject of leadership. King Maker offers a fresh, modern perspective on leadership, and on harnessing the power of others' power and influence toward the pursuit of positive change. Goodloe provides tangible, practical tips for inspiring, sustaining, and growing a movement with purpose.

— Rachel R  


Textbook wisdom and lessons yet written in an easy to read antidotal prose. I loved the inside look to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s leadership lessons and strategies. Will have all the teams and leaders I work with read this book. 

— Dana Ackland 

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