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Martin Luther King Jr.: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”*

Today the US celebrates the life of Dr [w:Martin Luther King, Jr.] one of the leaders of the civil rights movement in the 1960s and one of the greatest orators in US history. King was a champion for civil rights for African Americans as well as economic justice for all poor people and organized the [w:Poor People’s Campaign]. He spoke out against all injustice including against the Vietnam War. King received the [w:Nobel Peace Prize] on December 10, 1964 for his work for civil rights and economic justice. He was assassinated at the age of 39 on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, TN. Martin Luther King Day was established as a national holiday in the United States in 1986.

*The quote in the title of this post is from “Letter from Birmingham Jail” an open letter written on April 16, 1963 in response to a statement made by eight white Alabama clergymen on April 12, 1963, titled “A Call For Unity.”

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