By Hon. Mojgan Lancman
Special to the Eagle
Members of the Brandeis Association, Macon B. Allen Black Bar Association and the Queens County Women's Bar Association gathered at the Queens Civil Court Wednesday to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and honor the legacy of the civil rights leader.
Peter A. Geffen, an international educator who founded the Kivunim-"New Pathways" Program in Jerusalem and the Heschel School in Manhattan, served as guest speaker. Geffen developed the schools around the philosophies of Dr. King and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Geffen's former rabbi and spiritual leader.
During his speech, Geffen discussed how Rabbi Heschel and Dr. King met and built a close spiritual friendship. Geffen also spoke about the obstacles both men faced and how their activism and spirituality influenced one another.
At the gathering, Geffen also recounted his personal, riveting and emotional experiences working for Dr. King as a civil rights worker in Orangeburg, SC during the summers of 1965 and 1966. Geffen also helped plan funeral arrangements for the slain civil rights leader.