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Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Original Civil Rights Movement Member Shares Memories of MLK

Original Civil Rights Movement Member Shares Memories of MLK

Hundreds gathered outside the state Capitol on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's death as well as honor Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller.

"Actually, I'm glad that everything happened the way that it happened because I can't imagine the world that we live in without the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King and the sacrifice that they made", she said.

"He talked about a revolution of values", King said.

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"We chose to start this day remembering the apostle of nonviolence", she said during a ceremony to award the Martin Luther King Jr. Just over 100 years later, Dr. King continued this effort and called upon Americans to reject ugly impulses and prejudices, and to recognize the beauty and the humanity of all people, regardless of the color of their skin.

"We have not seen a movement like this led by high school students for 55 years", King said noting that in 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama, 3,000 kids were arrested while protesting. That was very touching for me because that's what I needed that day.

Fifty years ago Wednesday, the nation lost one of its most influential civil rights leaders ever.

Sandra Magnavito says, "He started a movement that we hope will continue in terms of his legacy never dying even with his monument and museum in Washington D.C., that's thousands of miles away".

Retired Rome educator Esther Vaughn recalls the day the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, April 4, 1968, as a very frightening experience. "It's same old stuff, and it's getting worse", he said. "I was shocked. I was devastated", said Dennard. "I'll give this one example".

"It brings me to a place to pause and say, where do we go from here?" said English.

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