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Carrying on the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Unfinished Dream of Martin:  Carrying on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. today

Author and professor Omid Safi said:  “We do Dr. King, and the Dream of Dr. King, a disservice by pretending that Martin’s vision came to fruition at the March for Jobs and Freedom in Washington in August 1963.   Martin continued to struggle to realize the Beloved Community over the last five years of his life, culminating in the Riverside Church speech in which he came out against the Vietnam War, and the Poor Peoples’ Campaign which made economic justice a focus on his work.  It is this later Martin, more radical, more grounded, more political, always loving, that we need to heed on the occasion of the national MLK commemoration to realize his as of yet unfinished dream."

Join Dr. Safi for a virtual presentation at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22.
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Omid Safi teaches online courses on spirituality through Illuminated Courses, and leads spiritual tours every year to Turkey, Morocco, and other countries, to study the rich multiple religious traditions there. The trips are open to everyone, from every country. More information is available at Illuminated Tours.

He is a professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University. He specializes in the study of Islamic mysticism and contemporary Islam and frequently writes on liberationist traditions of Dr. King, Malcolm X, and is committed to traditions that link together love and justice.  He has delivered the keynote for the annual Martin Luther King commemoration at the National Civil Rights Museum, and preached at Ebenezer Baptist Church on the national MLK holiday.

He has written many books, including Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism; Cambridge Companion to American Islam; Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam; and Memories of Muhammad. His most recent book is Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Traditions and has a forthcoming book on the famed mystic Rumi.

Omid is among the most frequently sought out speakers on Islam in popular media, appearing in The New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, PBS, NPR, NBC, CNN, BBC, and other international media.

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