(pictured from left: Swami Prabhudananda-ji, Heng Sure, Rita Semel, URI Executive Director Charles Gibbs, United Muslims of America Director Iftekhar Hai.)
On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s holiday in San Francisco the SF Interfaith Council invited Interfaith leaders to march from AT&T Park to Yerba Buena Gardens, and there to convene an Interfaith Prayer Service. The sun shone at midday and thousands of folks showed up, including local and national political luminaries. I got to sing verses of "We Shall Overcome" in between speeches by Rabbi Doug Kahn, Senator Nancy Pelosi, Grace Cathedral's Bishop Marc Andrus, Glide Memorial's Dr. Cecil Williams, Muslim spokesperson Iftekhar Hai, and Rev. Amos Brown. Also in attendance were former Mayor Willie Brown, new Mayor Edwin Lee, Catholic Archbishop Neideraur, and our host Rita Semel, who along with SF Council President Michael Pappas put the program together.
I do believe that it was a worthwhile event, and one of the brightest moments was Rev. Amos Brown's stirring oratory - - part speech, part sermon, fully in Dr. King's style and spirit.