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Why Clergy and Social Justice Issues Go Hand-in-Hand

By Tamika Thompson

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King waves to supporters August 28, 1963 during the 'March on Washington.'

In my quest to track down the modern-day version of Clergy And Laymen Concerned About Vietnam, I came across George Houser, co-founder of Congress of Racial Equality and the American Committee on Africa.

Houser’s work in the 1950s and ’60s focused on the liberation of African nations from colonial rule, an effort that Houser said Dr. King supported and gave his time and resources to.

Houser, who is an activist and advocate, shared with me his perspective on why it is important to bring clergy members into social justice issues.

Listen to audio clips from my conversation with Houser below. And be sure to tune in to MLK: A Call to Conscience on Wednesday, March 31.

 

 

 

 

 

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George Houser is the co-founder of Congress of Racial Equality. He served on the staff of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, is former Executive Director of the American Committee on Africa and author of No One Can Stop the Rain: Glimpses of Africa’s Liberation Struggle. He worked closely with Dr. King on the issues of racism in the United States and colonialism on the African continent.

Why clergy and others today are taking a stand against the wars in Iraq and Aghanistan.

Clip One: Looking back on Dr. King’s decision to join the anti-war movement, Houser explains why clergy and others today are taking a stand against the wars in Iraq and Aghanistan. (1:37)

Why it is important strategically for social justice advocates to bring clergy into their struggle.

Clip Two: Examining what Dr. King brought to the issues of the Vietnam War and racism/colonialism on the African continent, Houser explains why it is important strategically for social justice advocates to bring clergy into their struggle. (1:33)

Tamika Thompson is a journalist and blogger for Tavis Smiley on PBS

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