King march to double as war protest
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 8, 2003
This year’s National Voting Rights Museum’s annual march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will also be a anti-war protest against any United States attack against Iraq.
Civil Rights activist
Faya Rose Toure said Tuesday that more people need to remember the non-violent tactics preached by King.
Toure said that Saddam Hussein has committed terrorism against his own countrymen, but not against anyone from the West. She believes the United States should not police human rights violations in other countries when no one has ever apologized for the treatment of African-Americans and other minorities.
Clarence Williams Jr., president of the Dallas County chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said violence has never really solved problems.
Sam Walker, one of the march organizers, said he believes President Bush is a &uot;Texas cowboy&uot; with a strong desire to get revenge on Hussein for the attempts made on his father’s life.
Toure said she hopes this year’s march will encourage people to learn about the details of any plans for attack on Iraq.
The march will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 from Brown Chapel Church to the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Afterward, local children will get a chance to participate in an oratorical contest with $500 in prize money split between the first-, second- and third-place winners.
During the ceremony, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service award will also be presented.