I was reading some of the many tributes to Palestinian activist and scholar Edward Said, who died on September 25, when a friend called from New York’s Union Theological Seminary. He wanted to send me a new film documentary that features William Sloane Coffin Jr.—like Said, a giant in the struggle for justice. Edward Said died at age 67, after a decade-long battle with leukemia. Coffin is, thankfully, still with us at age 79.
The two men have worked in different settings and for different causes. But both combined scholarship and passion and in their own way fought for justice in an unjust world despite constant battering from those who wanted them silenced. Yes, I wanted to see the film, A Lover’s Quarrel with America (www.olddogdocumentaries.com), and I want others to see it, as well as to get acquainted with the works of Edward Said (see www. edwardsaid.org). We ignore the work of these two giants for justice at our peril.