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King Jr.'s Widow Pleads for Nonviolence
AP ^ | 1/19/2004 | Louise Chu

Posted on 01/19/2004 4:05:20 PM PST by Rockitz

ATLANTA (AP) - The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow called Monday for an end to acrimony in politics as Americans paused to remember the slain civil rights leader.

Coretta Scott King talked last year about avoiding war in Iraq, and her plea for nonviolence returned this year. "Peaceful ends can only be reached through peaceful means," she said in her annual King Day address.

But this year, with the presidential contest looming, Mrs. King also talked about peace at home.

"The noblest goal is not conquest of enemies but reconciliation with adversaries. We must remember in this election year that Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, we are all sisters and brothers," she said.

The audience at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King preached until his assassination in 1968, included King's children, sister and other dignitaries. Hymns were led by the chorus from Morehouse College, King's Atlanta alma mater.

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin drew a thunderous standing ovation for her barbs at President Bush.

"Perhaps some prefer to honor the dreamer while ignoring or fighting the dream," she said. "For those of us who hold elective office, the public policy we advocate and adopt - from foreign affairs to domestic budgeting - tells the real story of our celebration of Dr. King's legacy. ... Can't we protect our borders and promote peace around the world?"

On King's actual birthday last week in Atlanta, hundreds had protested President Bush's visit to King's tomb, chanting, "Peace, not war; that's what Martin stood for."

King would have turned 75 on Thursday.

In Tallahassee, Fla., about a dozen students walked out Monday before Gov. Jeb Bush, the president's brother, spoke at historically black Florida A&M University. In a statement, the students criticized his views on affirmative action, among other things.

The governor said the students have every right to express their views. Jeb Bush also said Florida A&M's success "could not have occurred without the struggles that Dr. King and many others a generation ago undertook."

The daylong celebrations of King Day were to include memorials, church services and volunteer projects around the country. Organizers of holiday events have long emphasized the importance of community service, exhorting citizens to "Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On. ... Not a Day Off."

In Dallas, hundreds of spectators cheered and clapped as floats and marching bands paraded through city streets.

"The struggle is not over," said parade organizer Daryl Blair. "That's just not for blacks, that's for whites alike. We have to understand that this is a melting pot and the civil rights movement was about unity, not just for the black race but for mankind."

The Rev. Vashti Murphy-McKenzie, the first female bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, told a holiday breakfast gathering in Boston that some progress has been eroded.

"The chipping away of minority set-asides, the chipping away of scholarships for minority students, affirmative action forever under attack - that says it's good, but it's not good enough," she said.

An annual march through Atlanta's historic Sweet Auburn district, where King grew up, was planned for the afternoon, and more than 15,000 people were expected to eat at the Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry dinner at Turner Field. Williams, one of King's top lieutenants in the civil rights battle, died in 2000 after a battle with cancer.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: corettascottking; martinlutherking; mlk; widowking
Stupid quote of the millenium nominee.
1 posted on 01/19/2004 4:05:20 PM PST by Rockitz
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"Peaceful ends can only be reached through peaceful means," she said in her annual King Day address.

Bullshit. Ask those who bore the responsibility to clean up the mess created by those who chose "peaceful means" to deal with Hitler.

2 posted on 01/19/2004 4:09:56 PM PST by Luke Skyfreeper
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...among others. Within a country such as ours with a constitution such as ours, peaceful means are most probably appropriate, but outside of our borders they're playing by a completely different set of rules. All bets are off.

4 posted on 01/19/2004 4:14:42 PM PST by Rockitz (After all these years, it's still rocket science.)
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It should be noted that Dr. King's legacy is largely built upon the philosophy of Mohandas Gandhi.

It should be further noted that Mohandas Gandhi's tactics, while successful with the British, would have been brutally put down by the likes of Hitler and Hussein.

This in itself betrays the fallacy that nonviolence will solve the world's problems. If anything, it will assure that the meek inherit the little six-foot plots.
6 posted on 01/19/2004 4:54:31 PM PST by Prime Choice (Americans are a spiritual people. We're happy to help members of al Qaeda meet God.)
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We have to understand that this is a melting pot

Wrong buddy! This has NEVER been a melting pot. If you take a bunch of ingredients and cook them down, then you have a melting pot. Every spoonful you scoop out of the pot looks, taste, smells exactly the same. That does not describe us at all.

We are a mosaic. Every tiny piece has it own color, shape, texture. All of those blend together to create the larger image. Without the uniqueness of each piece, the larger picture would be blank.

7 posted on 01/19/2004 5:24:59 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (pro gun Mother's Day 2004!
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Guess the war between the North and South shouldnt have been fought....
8 posted on 01/19/2004 5:33:41 PM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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