In Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Civil Rights Icon

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the passing of civil rights leader and icon, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The year was 1968, and the civil rights struggle was woven in the fabric of American life. The entire world watched as people of African and Caribbean descent fought to end racial and social injustices throughout the country. Hundreds of supporters would gather and march for equal access to education, housing, employment and voting rights.  We have made phenomenal progress but, as we also know, there is still much work to do.

I am happy to see so many tributes in honor of Dr. King’s legacy. This is simply awesome. When you have a moment, I encourage you to read The Root’s tribute: MLK’s Assassination: 12 Forgotten Facts – Forty-five years after his death, a look at lesser-known or overlooked details surrounding the tragedy.  Please click here to enjoy this article.  The New York Times has also prepared a tribute to Dr. King in its Times Topics section. Once there you will see an encyclopedic list of articles, newly digitized videos and archival photos. To see more, please click here.

martin-luther-king-jrAs we pay respect to Dr. King, we would be remiss if we did not salute his widow Mrs. Coretta Scott-King.  A devoted mother and community activist, she carried on her husband’s legacy, with unmistakable style and grace, until she passed on January 30, 2006.

In December 1968 Mike Wallace, of 60 Minutes, visited Mrs. King and her children at their home in Atlanta, Georgia.  This was the King family’s first Christmas without Dr. King.  We thought you might enjoy this special video. 

We at Brooklyn Legends are proud to salute Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, a true American hero and his widow Mrs. Coretta Scott-King.
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Credits:
The Root’s Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – http://www.theroot.com
The New York Times Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – http://www.nytimes.com
Mike Wallace Interview with The King Family – http://www.cbs.com via YouTube

Photos:
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – http://www.nobelprize.org
The King family at home in Atlanta, GA – nydailynews.com

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