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Reform Jewish Leader Mourns the Loss of Civil Rights Leader
In reaction to the passing of Coretta Scott King, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement noting, “King’s strong and passionate voice will be missed, but our nation and world are better thanks to her gifts.”

Saperstein: Coretta Scott King’s strong and passionate voice will be missed, but our nation and world are better thanks to her gifts.

Washington, January 31, 2006 - In reaction to the passing of Coretta Scott King, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

We mourn the loss of Coretta Scott King. For nearly half a century, Mrs. King was at the center of the struggle for civil rights. Working first alongside her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, and then carrying on his legacy after his assassination, Mrs. King dedicated her life to the work of social justice. Refusing to limit her work to remedying racial inequality, Mrs. King fought with equal passion for economic justice, women’s rights and religious freedom. Her founding and leadership of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change placed that institution among the foremost advocates of social quality and non-violence.

We cherished her collegial work with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Religious Action Center. We worked together on a variety of civil rights initiatives, served on the steering committee of the 20th and 25th Anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial rallies commemorating the 1963 Civil Rights March, and for years worked closely on passing the Martin Luther King Holiday Bill. I was honored to participate with her at the first year’s celebration at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Her words that day were truly inspiring.

Coretta Scott King’s strong and passionate voice will be missed, but our nation and world are better thanks to her gifts. We will continue working to keep her legacy alive and pray that our nation continues on the path to freedom and equality laid out by both Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King. May her memory be a blessing.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.



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