Leader of US rights group travels to W. Bank to promote ME peace

The president of the civil rights group founded by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. left Tuesday for a trip to the West Bank to promote Arab-Israeli peace talks based on King's teachings. King had sought a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before his assassination in 1968, said Charles Steele Jr., president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. "Dr. King had visited the Middle East just prior to the Six-Day War (in 1967), and he committed to the people that he was going to work with them," said Steele, who flew to Tel Aviv shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday (0400 GMT Wednesday). "The reason that he didn't go immediately back was that the Six-Day War broke out. The next year, he was assassinated," Steele said.