Martin Luther King, Junior Celebration

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Every year we set aside a day to remember a man who fought for equal opportunity for all Americans. Hundreds of people gathered in Anniston this morning to remember Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior. For the past 15 years, the city has held an annual breakfast and youth day in honor of the late civil rights activist. Anniston parks and recreation director, Steven Folks says our children are the future. King played a major role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until he was killed in 1968. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. The peaceful protests he led helped bring landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  King continues to be remembered as one of the most influential African-American leaders in history.

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