Local congregations use Martin Luther King, Jr. to spark interfaith dialogue about race

January 16, 2012

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech in 1958 at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue in Evanston.

Two Evanston congregations used Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday as a catalyst to spark an interfaith dailogue about the late civil rights leader, and to discuss the current state of race relations. Senior Rabbi Andrea London of Beth Emet The Free Synagogue and Reverend Mark A. Dennis of Second Baptist Church led their congregations Friday, Jan. 13, in service and discussion. They also played excerpts from a 1958 speech that Dr. King delivered at the Synagogue. Beth Emet The Free Synagogue discovered the speech and reached out to Second Baptist Church to create the interfaith series in commemoration of Dr. King.

Rabbi London and Rev. Dennis joined Tony Sarabia to talk more about what they heard from participants during the Friday discussion, and how the religious leaders experience Dr. King's impact today.

Listen to excerpts from the 1958 speech: