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LDS Woman Writes About 'The King Martin Luther King Followed'
Los Angeles Times pg10 15Jan00 A2
By Kathleen Lubeck Peterson

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- LDS church member Kathleen Lubeck Peterson has written another personal essay for the Los Angeles Times, this detailing some of her feelings about the Reverend Martin Luther King. Peterson's essays have appeared periodically in the Times.

In this essay, Peterson expresses admiration for the civil rights leader, pointing out in the process that King followed the Savior's teachings in his efforts to win civil rights.

"In 1963, King asked protesters demonstrating against segregated eating facilities in Birmingham, Ala., to sign a pledge. It included meditating daily on the teachings and life of Jesus, walking and talking in the manner of love, praying daily, being courteous to both friend and foe, performing regular service for others and the world, refraining from violence of fist, tongue or heart, and striving to be in good spiritual and physical health," wrote Peterson. "I'd like to take the pledge."

Peterson also emphasized that what Martin Luther King Jr. did is something that everyone can and should do. She says one of King's schoolmates, Charles Willie, cautioned admirers from idolizing King "If they did, he said, they might not realize that they could 'go and do likewise.'"

Peterson continues, noting "there are those today who go and do likewise--good, pure- hearted people who follow the same king whom King followed. It's just that sometimes they can't be heard through the sounding brass, the tinkling of cymbals. It's a noisy world."


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