(HAMDEN, CT)- An interfaith service celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Friday had a political focus, as clergy and guest speakers encouraged the congregation to channel the civil rights leader’s commitment to serving the most vulnerable in society.
“Now, so much of what Dr. King stood for and fought for is in jeopardy,” said Stephen Bright, a professor at Yale Law School and the keynote speaker at the service. “In the spirit of Dr. King … let’s open our hearts to the needs of others.”
Bright, who is also the president and senior counsel at the Southern Center for Human Rights, gave his address at Congregation Mishkan Israel, a reform synagogue in Hamden, during the sixth annual service honoring King, which featured prayers and blessings, as well as readers and preachers from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Baha’i and Unitarian Universalist faiths