Martin Luther King III Awards Israeli Activists

Martin Luther King III speaks at an event to honor his late father Martin Luther King Jr., at the Washington Convention Center on August 25, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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Ynetnews reports: Martin Luther King III, son of the famed US civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., visited Jerusalem on Sunday to present the 2016 Unsung Hero Award to a trio of Israeli activists for their work on behalf of Ethiopian Jewish immigrants to Israel. 

The award was given for the first time ever outside the US and honored Israeli musician Idan Raichel, former MK Pnina Tamano-Shata, and journalist Anat Saragusti on behalf of the Drum Major Institute.

“My dad’s mission was initially around the modern civil rights movement,” said King III, who was only ten years old when his father was assassinated in 1968. “He started as a civil rights leader, but I believe he became a human rights leader.”

“The philosophy that Dad used was non-violence,” King III said. “I still believe that it’s possible, even in the face of all kinds of terrorism. I have to believe that the philosophy of nonviolence will work and I’m here in that spirit to honor the honorees today.”

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