World: Seeking Peace amid the Rubble

Civil rights leaders on a "divinely mandated"mission

It was a scene so implausible that reporters waiting outside the heavily guarded room nearly broke through the door to get a glimpse. In a Beirut building last week, eleven veterans of the American civil rights movement linked arms with Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat and joined in a hearty rendering of the old freedom anthem We Shall Overcome.

The 3½-hour meeting with Arafat was the climax of a four-day "fact-finding tour" of the Middle East by leaders of the late Martin Luther King's Southern Christian...

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