"There are definitely people around the world that recognize that Dr. King is just an incredibly important contribution to world thought, world culture". But then, a lot of people aren't aware that "Happy Birthday" was written by Stevie Wonder for King (he was part of a group of activists trying to make King's birthday a national holiday- which it now is).
Memphis sanitation workers in 1968 could work 80 hours a week, and still be on public assistance.
The day after the assassination, Lewis & Clark College President John R. Howard decried King's murder, saying it "serves as a grim reminder that a significant fragment of American society still remains locked in the grip of primitive passions and prejudices despite all of our historical efforts to establish and sustain rule of reason in America".
King marches and civil rights marchers cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on March 21, 1965, during their 50-mile march to Montgomery to protest voting laws.
"So, I ask myself often: Where do we go from here?"
Dixie Spencer, president of the Bolivar Hardeman County, Tennessee, branch of the NAACP, said remembrances of King's death should be a call to action. They said they are concerned that President Donald Trump's campaign and election laid bare divisions that they had sought to leave in the past.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend", and, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that".
"Dr. King was 26 during the bus boycotts, (civil rights pioneer and now U.S. representative) John Lewis was 23 during the Freedom Rides".