Friday, February 24, 2006

Martin and Islam

Digging through some notes I have been piling up and not getting to, I found a reference to the following item from a program on WBUR in Boston nearabouts Martin Luther King day a couple of years ago:

Martin Luther King and Islam
Story aired: Monday, January 19, 2004

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 75 years old last Thursday and today is the national holiday set aside to remember him. Around the country protests, rallies, and quiet reflection will commemorate the man and his legacy.

Colgate University Professor Omid Safi suggests traditional remembrance my watering down the real King, who may have found a new appreciation for Islam near the end of his life.


He also particularly mentions that Martin spoke out about things that were wrong in America because he loved America, what it stands for and what it can be; something that, I dare say, resonates well beyond Martin.

The story is at:

http://www.here-now.org/shows/2004/01/20040119_13.asp

and the bit on Martin and Islam starts at about six and a half minutes (6:30) in.

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