Rev. Allan Boesak, a black South African clergyman frequently jailed for his opposition to apartheid, will receive the Martin Luther King Jr. International Award at a dinner Jan. 19 celebrating the slain civil rights leader's birthday and culminating 11 days of "King Week" activities in Los Angeles.
"Without question, Dr. Boesak is one of the leading exponents of Martin Luther King's thought," said Mark Ridley-Thomas, executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Los Angeles chapter, sponsor of King Week.
"He has given witness (to King's philosophy of nonviolence) with his work and with his life," Ridley-Thomas added. "He provides tremendous and creative leadership at a time when it is sorely needed in South Africa and here in the United States."
Boesak, 40, is president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and a founder of the multiracial United Democratic Front coalition of anti-apartheid groups. He will give the keynote speech at the King birthday dinner celebration at the Westin Bonaventure.