Monday, January 18, 2010


What? A Monday morning post?

I just wanted to share with you 2 things you didn’t know about MLK.

1. What’s the most famous quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. about the Jews?

That’s easy: “...all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles etc.” (from “I Have a Dream”, 1963).

Well, that’s not really about the Jews. What did he actually say about the Jews?

There is a widely-circulated quote that he evidently never said. I myself have circulated it.

For the record, the following appears to the be accurate quote:

"Shortly before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King, Jr., was in Boston on a fund-raising mission, and I had the good fortune to attend a dinner which was given for him in Cambridge...One of the young men present happened to make some remark against the Zionists. Dr. King snapped at him and said, "Don't talk like that! When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You're talking anti-Semitism!"

- Prof. Seymour Martin Lipset (George Mason University), "The Socialism of Fools: The Left, the Jews and Israel", Encounter magazine, December, 1969, p. 24.

2. If you know any children, and would like to help them connect to MLK day and other American holidays in a meaningful, hands-on way, you might share with them this thoughtful new activity-filled project, called Freedom’s Feast.

Have a great day and great week.

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