Son of slain US civil rights leader says Mideast could learn from Rev. King

Today's Mideast leaders could learn from the nonviolent philosophy and practices of famed US civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., his son said Monday at a forum in Jerusalem. Martin Luther King III addressed a conference at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem that centered on his father's teachings. After decades of armed conflict, he said Middle East peoples should adopt nonviolence to "turn the dreams into action." His father was assassinated in 1968 at the height of his campaign for civil rights for African-Americans in the United States. The elder King preached and practiced nonviolence, promoting sitdown strikes, marches and demonstrations as a way of pressing the need for equal rights in the United States.