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STATE: Noble Releases Statement to Honor MLK, Jr.
Charleston – South Carolina Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Phil Noble released a statement to remember the work and legacy of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated 50 years ago today.
Noble recalled memories of growing up during the civil rights movement and his dad – like King, a Southerner, a minister and one committed to social justice – no matter the personal cost and risk.
“In 1968, a few months before Dr. King was killed, I was in New York with my father where my brother was in Sloan Kettering Hospital being treated for cancer. We were sitting in the cafeteria there and a woman was sitting next to us. I remembered she visibly recoiled at hearing our Southern accents. I began talking to my dad about Dr. King and asked him ‘Why was it that King was a man of peace but everywhere he went there was violence?’ My dad explained to me in a very calm and eloquent way that King’s work was an example of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.
“Then, the nearby woman looked up to us with tears in her eyes and said to my father, ‘I want to apologize for looking at you the way I did. When I heard your accent, I made assumptions about you based on Southern stereotypes. What you just said was a truly beautiful and moving description of the principles and love of King’s work.’
“Growing up in the era of the civil rights movement had such a powerful impact on my life and Martin Luther King’s words of wisdom and hope to fight on still resonate strongly in this divisive age we now live in. He never gave up the fight and all of us need to carry on and work for social justice to make this world a better place. That is why I am running for Governor. I love South Carolina and our people and I know we can all make things better for everyone.”
Noble’s father was a minister in Anniston, AL during the turbulent years of Gov. George Wallace and the civil rights struggle. As a result of his work, Noble’s father was number one on the KKK’s hit list.
For details see Noble Column on civil rights activities in Anniston and the implications for race relations today in South Carolina.