Deacon: Rev. King's civil rights advocacy marked by faith, hope, love

Matt Cashore, courtesy University of Notre Dame
GARY, Ind. -- The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. may have been a reluctant leader, "but he was willing to put himself out there," said Deacon Melvin R. Tardy Jr. He was "the right person for the moment" in the civil rights movement, said the deacon, an academic adviser at the University of Notre Dame. What separated Dr. King from other contemporaries was faith, hope and love, he added. Deacon Tardy made the comments at the Gary Diocese's sixth annual King tribute Jan. 13 at Holy Angels Cathedral.

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