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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy and Impact, Beyond the Holiday

By Hazel Trice Edney


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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. surrounded by other civil rights leaders and aides leave the West Wing after a meeting with President Lyndon B. Johnson on Aug. 5, 1965.

( – On March 25, 1968, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, among the leading theologians and Jewish philosophers of the 20th Century, spoke what many historians believe to have been prophetic words about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Only 10 days before he was assassinated, Dr. King was keynote speaker at a birthday celebration honoring Heschel when the Rabbi introduced him to an audience of at least 500 other Rabbis with the following words:

“Where in America today do we hear a voice like the prophets of Israel? Martin Luther King is a sign that God has not forsaken the United States of America. God has sent him to us. His presence is the hope of America. His mission is sacred, his leadership is sacred. And his leadership is of supreme importance to every one of us. Martin Luther King Jr. is a voice, a vision and a way. The whole future of America will depend upon the impact and influence of Dr. King.”

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