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Martin Luther King Jr. and Archbishop Iakovos of America

Filed in Articles by on January 19, 2016 • views: 2160

On January 18 the United States celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., who used the principles of non-violent resistance in order to further the Civil Rights movement. After civil rights activists were killed in Selma, Alabama in 1965, Greek Orthodox Archbishop Iakovos marched arm in arm with King to further the cause of equality. A photo of the two marching together made the cover of Life magazine.

King’s wife, Coretta Scott King, would later say of the Archbishop’s decision, “at a time when many of the nation’s most prominent clergy were silent, Archbishop Iakovos courageously supported our Freedom Movement and marched alongside my husband, and he continued to support the nonviolent movement against poverty, racism and violence throughout his life.”

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Archbishop Iakovos, Martin Luther King Jr., and other dignitaries walking to the Dallas County Courthouse to hang a funeral wreath in honor of Reverend James Reeb, a civil rights activist who was beaten and killed by white segregationists, Selma, Alabama, March 1965; photograph by Dan Budnik from his book Marching to the Freedom Dream, which includes an essay by Harry Belafonte and has just been published by Trolley

Archbishop Iakovos, Martin Luther King Jr., and other dignitaries walking to the Dallas County Courthouse to hang a funeral wreath in honor of Reverend James Reeb, a civil rights activist who was beaten and killed by white segregationists, Selma, Alabama, March 1965; photograph by Dan Budnik from his book Marching to the Freedom Dream, which includes an essay by Harry Belafonte and has just been published by Trolley.

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