Dr. King Celebrated

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By Tia Lynn Ivey

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Martin Luther King Jr. was celebrated throughout Morgan County earlier this week, as religious, civic and community leaders gathered to honor the Civil Rights Icon’s legacy.

Various speakers took the stage at two different local events Monday to reflect upon Dr. King’s life and work, urging the audience to carry on King’s infamous dream of equality and justice. Speakers highlighted various aspects of Dr. King’s legacy, from his role in leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott, The Birmingham Campaign, and organizing marches for the voting right of African-Americans, desegregation, and labor rights. King’s bold efforts played a pivotal role in the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965. King lobbied against racial injustice, but economic injustice throughout his career.  But Monday’s events were not just about remembering the past achievements of the most beloved Civil Rights leader in American history.

Speakers urged the crowds to take hold of Dr. King’s legacy and march on into the future with it.

“There is still work to be done,” reminded Reverend Alfred Murray, a retired Baptist preacher who spoke at Indian Creek Baptist Church’s religious service honoring Dr. King. Read more of our exlusive coverage on the celebrations for Dr. King inside. See page C1.

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