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August 11, 2019

The BBC: Face to Face, 1961| Martin Luther King, Jr

The Copts face injustice like what the Negro (and I use this term as Martin Luther King, Jr, a hero of mine, uses) in the US had faced in the period before and around the launch of the Civil Rights Movement – different in detail but similar in essence. But while the Negroes of America found a leader in Martin Luther King, Jr, to guide them into salvation, using the method of non-violence, we have never had such a leader. In the 1970s and early 1090s, we had in Pope Shenouda III a leader of almost similar dimensions, but his religious role perhaps prevented him from perusing this noble role to the full, coupled with the cowardice and selfishness of some in the clergy and laity.

Martin Luther King, Jr, was a great man: a charismatic man of Faith, courage and humility; an educated, intelligent and articulate man, as the interview with him in the BBC programme, Face to Face, in the 1961, would show.

I am convinced that our problem cannot be solved except through a non-violent resistance like the one led by Martin Luther King, Jr, and which enlisted almost all the Negroes of the US in what came to be known as the Civil Rights Movement. I hail the Negroes of the US for their courage. We need to learn from them. And we need a leader like Martin Luther King, Jr.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Michael Saad permalink
    August 11, 2019 11:39 pm

    Dear friend:

    In my opinion, The Islamic cruelty and brutality would make civil resistance under some Martin Luther Jr unsuccessful.

    He succeeded because the environment was Christian. Same with Ghandi.

    S. Michael Saad Sent from my iPhone 310.766.8393

    • Dioscorus Boles permalink*
      August 11, 2019 11:07 pm

      Religious fanaticism will make a special challenge, but Egypt cannot live in a vacuum : it is sensitive to world opinion as it depends on the international community. The beauty of civil disobedience and non-violence in general, amongst others, is that it draws the attention of the local and international public, and these will exert pressure on the government to implement political change.

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