ATLANTA (AP) — Martin Luther King Jr.'s granddaughter hosted an inspiring group of children who called on their peers Saturday to follow the civil rights leader's example and engage in community outreach.
Three days after the 50th anniversary of King's assassination, about 200 people gathered at an Atlanta event hosted by Yolanda Renee King, 9, and Maryn Rippy, 7, the great-granddaughter of King's brother, A.D. King.
Nancy Shipley was working in a news office in Nashville, Tennessee, when the call came 50 years ago. Gene Herrick was in Chicago routing photos to newspapers when his phone rang. Jack Thornell got the call in New Orleans; Kathryn Johnson heard the news in Atlanta.
Together, over the next few days, the four helped The Associated Press inform the world about the stunning news that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — In the spring of 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had won victories on desegregation and voting rights and had been planning his Poor People's Campaign when he turned his attention to Memphis, the gritty city by the Mississippi River. In his support for striking sanitation workers, King wanted to lead marches and show that nonviolent protest still worked.
But on April 4, at the city's Lorraine Motel, he would be fatally shot.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — With thoughts on the past and eyes to the future, thousands marched and sang civil rights songs Wednesday to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the "apostle of nonviolence" silenced by an assassin 50 years ago.
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ATLANTA (AP) — On April 4, 1968, a movement lost its patriarch when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed on a hotel balcony in Memphis.
Yolanda, Martin, Dexter and Bernice King lost their father.
The loss has not gotten easier in 50 years, but his three surviving children each bear it on their own terms.
Riots erupted in America’s capital in the hours after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Grieving and angry, rioters smashed windows, looted and burned buildings for several days.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the "age of bullies and bigots is not fully behind us" — despite advances the country has made since the Rev. Martin Luther King. Jr. was slain while fighting poverty and racism.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Clara Ester's eyes were fixed on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as he stood on the concrete balcony of the Lorraine Motel.
King was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers' strike, and Ester, a college student, had been marching alongside the strikers as they sought better pay and working conditions. She and some friends had gone to the motel for a catfish dinner when she saw King chatting happily, not far from where she stood.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Streets. Schools. A bridge in Burkina Faso. The name of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. can be found across Africa, a measure of the global influence of the American civil rights leader who was shot dead 50 years ago after speaking out against injustices at home and abroad.
A school for poor children that is named after King in Uganda's capital, Kampala, took as its motto, "Have a Dream," borrowing a line from one of King's most famous speeches.
BOSTON (AP) — Jonathan Garland's fascination with architecture started early: He spent much of his childhood designing Lego houses and gazing at Boston buildings on rides with his father away from their largely minority neighborhood.
But when Garland looked around at his architectural college, he didn't see many who looked like him — there were few black faces in classroom seats, and fewer teaching skills or giving lectures.
Martin Luther King Jr. was 39 when he was assassinated on the evening of April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, and he had already become one of the world's most well-known figures.
He helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a city bus.
He famously delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech during the 1963 March on Washington, calling for equality among the races.
The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on the evening of April 4, 1968, sparked riots across cities in the United States. Though many in the country had reviled King during his lifetime, eventually he came to be seen as a great American hero. King’s campaign for nonviolent social change ended legal segregation in America and left a blueprint for generations to follow in the country’s ongoing struggle for racial and social progress.
BOSTON (AP) — Martin Luther King Jr.'s last speech before his assassination 50 years ago this week was read aloud in Boston on Monday by dozens of speakers who took turns reading short passages.
The readers were ages 5 to 91 and included former Gov. Deval Patrick.
King originally delivered the speech in Memphis, Tennessee, on the eve of his April 4, 1968, death. A few hundred people gathered at Boston City Hall in the chilly afternoon air to participate in reading and listening to the address.
DUNDEE, Miss. (AP) — Wearing aqua-colored T-shirts and hydration backpacks, a group of teenagers on Saturday launched a 50-mile walk from northern Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee, a tribute to slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.
ATLANTA (AP) — Tyrone Brooks was 22 years old and 400 miles away, seeking clues to an unsolved lynching as old as he was, when he got the news that Martin Luther King Jr. was dead. Stunned, Brooks dropped everything and drove to Memphis, crying all the way.
The next day, King's closest confidant, the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, told Brooks: "Tighten your belts and dry your tears. If you love Martin Luther King as you say you do, help me carry on his work."
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for many issues throughout his life as a minister and the leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, speaking out against various barriers holding back blacks, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Native Americans. Fifty years after his assassination, some of these barriers have fallen — but others remain.
Here is a look at five civil rights issues King addressed during his lifetime and where they stand now:
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Despite advances the country has made since the Rev. Martin Luther King. Jr. was slain while fighting poverty and racism, "the age of bullies and bigots is not fully behind us," former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday.
The remark was one of two thinly veiled references to President Donald Trump that Holder made during his appearance at a symposium on the first of three days of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of King's assassination.
ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is set to speak Sunday at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. once occupied the...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A recording of a speech Robert F. Kennedy delivered in Indianapolis following Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination is being inducted into the National Recording...
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Songs performed by Jay-Z, Cyndi Lauper and a Robert F. Kennedy speech are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry.
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HYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) — A white principal at a private school near Washington says she regrets using a racial slur referring to black people during a Black History Month assembly.
BOSTON (AP) — Officials have announced the winning design for a monument in Boston to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.
Lewis to deliver commencement speech at Massachusetts school
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Framingham State University in Massachusetts has announced that U.S. Rep. and civil rights leader John Lewis has agreed to deliver the school's commencement address this...
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Kansas City renames roadway for Martin Luther King Jr.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City has shed its reputation as one of the largest cities in the U.S. without a public memorial to Martin Luther King Jr.
Poor People’s Campaign to hold bus tours of poverty areas
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Poor People's Campaign will hold bus tours of poverty-stricken areas in more than 20 states to call attention to "what the national emergencies really are" in the wake of...
New hate-crime charges filed in Florida MLK confrontation
MIAMI (AP) — An armed white man who got into a traffic confrontation with a group of black teenagers protesting housing inequality on Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been charged with hate crimes,...
Sub teacher tells students Martin Luther King killed himself
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina substitute teacher has submitted her resignation after a student told his father that the teacher told his class that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was not assassinated but instead killed himself.
Vietnam film stars Onslow County resident
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A longtime Onslow County resident starred in a Vietnam war film that released this past week.
"Point Man," which went on sale Tuesday, depicts the story of African-American soldiers in the war and how one platoon got lost. According to a news release published by Newswire, the film takes place in Vietnam in April 1968 — three months after the tide-turning Tet Offensive and one month after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Massachusetts House to honor Martin Luther King Jr. visit
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House is working to create a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit to the Statehouse.
Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Monday the House is working with the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus to create a memorial to the speech King delivered to a joint meeting of the Massachusetts House and Senate in the House chambers on April 22, 1965.
St. Louis broadcaster will temporarily leave anchor desk
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis newscaster who uttered what he called an unintentional racial slur while discussing Martin Luther King Jr. says he will step away from the anchor desk while he works to regain viewers' trust.
KTVI-TV's Kevin Steincross said on Jan. 17 that an upcoming tribute would honor "Martin Luther Coon Jr." He apologized and station management initially said he would not be disciplined.
Kansas City to rename street to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Leaders in Kansas City, Missouri, one of the nation's largest cities without a public memorial to Martin Luther King Jr., settled a yearlong debate Thursday by voting to rename a 10-mile stretch of roadway after the civil rights leader.
Nearly 51 years after King was assassinated, the Kansas City Council voted 8-4 to rename the Paseo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Paseo is a 10-mile boulevard the runs through Kansas City's mostly black eastern sections.
Martin Luther King Jr. family home is added to national park
ATLANTA (AP) — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s family home on Atlanta's west side will now become part of the federal park in Atlanta that includes sites such as the church where he preached and King's birth home.
The home in Atlanta's Vine City neighborhood will be accessible to the public as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, The National Park Foundation announced Thursday.
Tennessee resolution praises King, denounces racism
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee House lawmakers on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution praising Martin Luther King Jr.'s life while also promising to fight racism.
"We wanted to spend some time in this resolution honoring Dr. King, but it's not enough just to honor him," said House Majority Leader William Lamberth, 41, a Republican from Cottontown who co-sponsored the proposal. "Especially for my generation and for all of us in public office, we wanted to go beyond that."
Sanders reaches out to black SC voters before 2020 decision
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Even before he announces whether he's a 2020 presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders is working to avoid the drubbing that South Carolina's African-American voters handed him in 2016.
Harris Wofford, rights activist and senator, dies at 92
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Sen. Harris Wofford of Pennsylvania, a longtime civil rights activist who helped persuade John F. Kennedy to make a crucial phone call to the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1960 presidential campaign, has died. He was 92.
Wofford died in the hospital late Monday night of complications from a fall Saturday in his Washington apartment, his son Daniel Wofford said.
King events draw potential Democratic presidential hopefuls
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As Americans commemorated Martin Luther King Jr., Democratic presidential hopefuls fanned out across the country to honor the civil rights leader and make themselves heard on the national stage.
Reverend urges Lee to act during Nashville MLK Day event
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A civil rights leader gave an impassioned speech in front of thousands as he urged Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee and others in attendance to not just love Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy but act.
NAACP wants newscaster fired after Martin Luther King slur
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The NAACP wants a St. Louis-area TV station to fire a newscaster for what he called an unintentional racial slur while talking about Martin Luther King Jr.
KTVI newscaster Kevin Steincross was discussing a tribute to the black civil rights leader on Jan. 17, when he referred to King as "Martin Luther coon Jr." He apologized a few hours later, saying he accidentally misspoke.
Shutdown and disunity themes of MLK celebration in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — A commemorative service for Martin Luther King Jr. that was nearly imperiled by the federal government shutdown was held Monday morning in Atlanta at a church called King's "spiritual home."
King's daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, said in her remarks that the annual service at Ebenezer Baptist Church came during a moment of crisis in America. She condemned the gridlock and partisanship in Washington that led to the shutdown.
Houston home to rival Martin Luther King Day parades
HOUSTON (AP) — For more than two decades, Houston has had competing parades on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with organizers lobbing allegations of favoritism and conspiracy at each other and at city officials as the groups battled over permits and preferred starting times.
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Victims of mass shootings at church, synagogue meet
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Members of a congregation from a Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 died in a mass shooting by an anti-Semitic gunman last fall have traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, to worship with members of the church where nine black worshippers died in 2015 at the hands of a white supremacist.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Government shutdown is Trump’s fault
BOSTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren ramped up her criticism of President Donald Trump on Monday faulting him for the partial federal government during remarks at the 49th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast in Boston.
Trump marks MLK day with memorial visit
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump paid a brief visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington on the holiday honoring the civil rights leader.
Trump was joined by Vice President Mike Pence on a frigid and windy day. The two laid a wreath at the foot of the memorial, then held a brief moment of silence.
Trump told reporters as he departed that it was a "great day" and a "beautiful day," but did not respond to questions about the partial government shutdown, now in its 31st day.