Civil Rights Activists Speak On Kings Legacy: Civil Disobedience, a Commitment to Conscience, and Refusing to Bow to What Is Unjust

January 21, 2002
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Asma Abdel Halim

women’s rights activist and lawyer from Sudan.

Hundreds of people descended on the MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, to protest the US war in Afghanistan. It was the largest protest in the area since September 11.

Organizers planned the protest to coincide with the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. King is known as the greatest civil rights activist this country has ever seen, but is lesser known for his opposition to the Vietnam War.

Today, on the federal holiday recognizing Kings birthday, were joined by Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Florida Alliance for Peace and Social Justice.

At a rally and town hall discussion this weekend in Washington DC called Dr. Kings Legacy: Protecting Civil Liberties in the Wake of September 11th, the Reverend Al Sharpton spoke about Kings legacy.

Guests:

  • Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Florida Alliance for Peace and Social Justice; founder and chairman of the African Peoples Socialist Party; founder and leader of the Uhuru movement .
  • Reverend Al Sharpton, president of National Action Network