Honoring Martin Luther King

I was recently sitting with my friend Rev. Dave Davis in his office at the Nassau Presbyterian Church on Palmer Square here in Princeton. While we were talking, Rev. Davis showed me a picture he has of Palmer Square 45 years ago on the day after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. There were close to 4,000 people who gathered that day for a memorial service in Palmer Square for Dr. King. We spoke about what it must have been like to be there that day - to go back in time 45 years - and imagine what this community and this country were like in those days. I know that there are people in our congregation who remember when Dr. King was assassinated and there may even be some who were at the event in Palmer Square. What Rev. Davis and I spoke about was how people like Dr. King had an ability to bring people together and how events like his assassination brought people together from all parts of society.
As we all know, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's brought together more than just the African American community. Among the people that fought so hard alongside the African American leaders were many other religious leaders including top Jewish leaders. Among the stories I find inspiring of that time, are the stories about how Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel walked with Dr. King in Selma, Ala. and how Rabbi Heschel described the marches for civil rights as "Praying with my feet."
I am proud of the fact that every year on the day we commemorate the birthday of Dr. King, the interfaith community of Princeton comes together to celebrate his life and his legacy. This year, The Jewish Center will be hosting the program on Monday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m. and it is a good year for us to do so because it is the 40th Yahrzeit of Rabbi Heschel. We not only will have an opportunity to remember Dr. King and his impact on our country but we will also have an opportunity to highlight his partners in his work and how respectful Dr. King was of all religious traditions.
I hope you will put the date on your calendar and consider joining us on January 21 at 7:00 The Jewish Center. The program is open to the entire community and children are encouraged to attend as well.
Take care and Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Adam Feldman
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