Saturday, January 15, 2011

Martin Luther King (January 15, 1929)

King is a leader widely admired, at least by anyone I would care to have anything to do with. I heard him speak several times, and I remember him with respect and gratitude for his accomplishments.

Many Jews participated in the Civil Rights Movement during the years when King was developing the American version of nonviolent action. Along with King, I remember other heros – Jewish and non-Jewish – such as Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman, who disappeared on June 21, 1964, and who, like King, were murdered for their commitment to equal rights.

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