March and rally on St. Croix to mark King's legacy
Published: January 21, 2013
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ST. CROIX - Residents' minds and hearts will turn to observing justice, peace, strength and nonviolence today as the territory joins the nation in observing the 84th anniversary of the birth of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
King was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta. After entering the ministry, he moved to Montgomery, Ala., to become pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. There, he began making his mark during the civil rights movement.
By 1963, he had delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington and had been named Time magazine's Man of the Year.
In 1964, he won the Nobel Peace Prize. Four years later, on April 4, 1968, King was killed by an assassin's bullet at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis.
In observance of the day, the Central Labor Council will conduct its 19th annual Martin Luther King Day celebration.
Central Labor Council President Avery Lewis said the event for the day will begin at 10 a.m. today with a march from Claude O. Markoe School down King Street in Frederiksted to Buddhoe Park, where a rally honoring King and his legacy will take place.
Lewis said it is an honor for the labor council to host the march and rally following the theme "The time is always right to do what is right - Dr. Martin Luther King"
"Dr. King was among the most notable in the country who made sacrifices that were not in his best interest to better the future of all mankind, and we should all be grateful," he said.
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