Americans in Israel to Honor Civil Rights Leader

An interfaith group led by Americans now living in Israel will pay tribute to Martin Luther King and to his life’s work as a civil rights leader on August 28, the 20th anniversary of King’s historic “I have a dream ” speech in Washington, D.C.

The Committee for the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Forest in Israel announced that the tribute will take place at a Galilee hillside near Nazareth. The interfaith group recalled that King had expressed a desire to visit Israel, and voiced his admiration for its democracy and progress.

The 10,000-tree King Memorial Forest, established by the Jewish National Fund of America, is now in its seventh year of planting. When the forest was first established, every Black and Jewish member of Congress agreed to serve as an honorary sponsor, and Congressional sponsorship has continued over the years. The present Congressional co-chairmen of the honorary sponsors are Rep. Julian Dixon (D. Calif.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Rep. Sidney Yates (D. III.), for the Jewish lawmakers.

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