I awoke yesterday morning listening to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic 1967 speech at Riverside Church in New York when he took a public and prophetic stand against the War in Vietnam.
Over the weekend I had heard many replays of his “I Have a Dream” speech at the 1963 March on Washington. And for Interfaith Voices, I recently interviewed the author of a new book on the prayer life of King.
All of these reveal a man steeped in the tradition of the Hebrew prophets, a man for whom justice was the beacon that guided his path.
In a deep sense, King resonated with the message of the 1971 Synod of Catholic Bishops who said in their document, Justice in the World: