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Holden sits next to Farrakhan representative and declines to comment

April 15, 2004
By: Cliff Judy
State Capital Bureau

Governor Bob Holden joined Martin Luther King III and a representative of Louis Farrakhan at a celebration of a St. Louis representative at the state Capitol. Cliff Judy is in Jefferson City with the story.

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Governor Holden sat next to a representative of Louis Farrakhan at an event to celebrate St. Louis County Representative Betty L. Thompson Day.

Farrakhan is the leader of the Nation of Islam. Holden declined to speak about the encounter.

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Contents: Judy says, "What are your feelings of sitting next to a representative of Louis Farrakhan, an organization that has been called by some racist and separatist?"

Holden says, "I was delighted to be with Martin Luther King. He's been one of my mentors in life, and Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King did a great job of getting me into government politics. I was delighted to be with him."

Martin Luther King III also spoke at the event and praised Representative Thompson for her service to the Missouri legislature. From the state Capitol, I'm Cliff Judy.

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Martin Luther King III made an apprearance at the Missouri State Capitol to praise St. Louis County Representative Betty L. Thompson. Cliff Judy is in Jefferson City with the story.

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The son of Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke out against the war in Iraq as part of his speech to honor St. Louis County Representative Betty L. Thompson.

Martin Luther King III said the war on terrorism was not being fought correctly.

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Contents: King says, "And when it comes to addressing the issue of terrorism, maybe we need to consider a philosophy of not terrorizing others if we want to address terrorism."

King said treating people with dignity, respect, and like human beings will make terrorism go away. From the state Capitol, I'm Cliff Judy.