Deborah Simmons — Easter, Passover, Martin Luther King — Jews and gentiles together
You know I can’t resist saying something about D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s inaugural spending plan that she released Thursday, but first I want to wax on about the fact that Passover, Easter and the anniversary of the King assassination converge this weekend.
Those religious days and the death of King share a history with a church in the nation’s capital that was the home to what now is viewed as a momentous Judeo-Christian moment, an event that reminds us that freedom isn’t free.
In 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King had planned to partake in the Passover Seder with Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a prominent theologian, and his family. Rabbi Heschel had marched alongside King in Selma, Alabama, in 1965 and later that year presented the Baptist minister with the Judaism and World Peace Award.
But King was slain about week before the Seder, on April 4, 1968.