Civil Rights Icon King Remembered in Hometown

Monday, 18 Jan 2010 11:03 AM

 

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ATLANTA -- Worshippers in the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s hometown are remembering the civil rights icon during a special ceremony at the church where he once preached.

Princeton University scholar Cornel West was to deliver the keynote address on Monday, which is King's namesake holiday, at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. King preached there from 1960 until his assassination in 1968.

A march is also planned in Montgomery, Ala., where King gained renown leading a bus boycott in protest of segregation during the 1950s.

Monday marks the 25th federal observance of King's birthday. The civil rights icon and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner is the only black American whose birthday is a national holiday.

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