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Rev. King’s words on nonviolence need to be lived today, speakers say

Faith leaders gathered near the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Oct. 2 in Washington, D.C., to commemorate Rev. King’s 1957 essay about “Nonviolence and Racial Justice.”

WASHINGTON — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s support of nonviolence to bring about social change applies as much to today's society as it did when Rev. King put his philosophy to paper 60 years ago, said speakers at an Oct. 2 news conference at the memorial dedicated to the civil rights figure in Washington.

The news conference was scheduled in advance of, and held the day after, the Las Vegas shooting spree that killed 59 people and injured more than 500 people. That fact only underscored the importance of Rev. King's message, according to the speakers.

‘Drum-major instinct’ fuels soldiers of Christ

Father Art Cavitt

On Jan. 4, I participated in a prayer service in memory of Mr. Leon Henderson, the beloved and recently deceased president emeritus of Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School. It brought to mind my time as a faculty member completing my first academic year at the former site on Thecla Avenue in the Walnut Park neighborhood. The faculty, staff, and supporters gathered in the spring of 2003 for the dedication of the current school complex near Grandel Square. Then-Archbishop Justin F.

Civil rights lesson: 'We're equal in His eyes'

The students at Rosati-Kain High School commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington by gathering to hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Senior Jillian E. Franks spoke the final words of the speech so passionately that many of those gathered were in tears.

Rosati-Kain senior Jillian Franks forcefully and clearly read excerpts of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's Aug. 28, 1963, "I Have a Dream" speech, bringing loud applause as she finished with the words, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last."

Five students at the school took turns Aug. 28 reading parts of the speech during an assembly commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Among the 200,000 people who took part in the march was a delegation representing St. Louis Catholics.

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

Deacon Melvin R. Tardy Jr. calls the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “the right person for the moment.”

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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