Son of Martin Luther King says Mideast leaders can learn from his father’s legacy of non-violence
King. Realizing the Dream (photo by Sasson Tiram)
The son of the late American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said yesterday at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem that Middle Eastern leaders could learn from the nonviolent philosophy and practices of his father.
Dr. Martin Luther King III spoke at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as part of a symposium entitled “Realizing the Dream in the Middle East.” The title of his talk was “Can the dream be applied in the Middle East?”
The event was held under the auspices of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University and the Religious Actors in Conflict Areas Research Group (RACA).
“I am speaking of realizing the dream, because dreams have their own, innate power, but one needs to take concrete steps in order to realize them,” he said. He added that while not every person can be a Martin Luther King, “everyone can educate his children towards non-violence.”
Dr. King III leads a non-profit coalition force called Realizing the Dream that continues the humanitarian and liberating work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through specific, sustainable initiatives in economic development, non-violence and conflict resolution training, and targeted leadership development for youth.
The symposium included other talks related to Dr. Martin Luther King and his legacy and musical selections.