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Additionally, a historic display of photos related to Martin Luther King, Jr. will be on display throughout the day in the Maytag Student Center. King arrived on July 21 for the beginning of a 5-day tour of MS town. He was 39 years old when killed by a sniper.

The annual King Day Commutative Service will take place Monday starting at 10 a.m.

Monday, the City of Kalamazoo has once again organized a King Day of Service.

"It is always a tremendous honor to see this many folks come out for this program", museum Executive Director Matt Edwards said of what is one of the facility's more well-attended events each year. It is observed the third Monday of January to commemorate King's birthday, Jan. 15. They planned to meet in Washington, D.C., within a day or two to discuss the campaign.

According to Makoto Kurosaki of Kanda University of International Studies, the common Japanese student's experience of learning about King in school is limited.

"I hope families talk about this because these are lessons that are universal", she said.

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The city is holding the recognition from 4 to 6 p.m., inside the Woodland Public Library, 250 First St. Resources needed to be used to litigate, not just march in the streets, said Nathaniel Jones, 91, a retired federal appeals court judge in Cincinnati who in 1967 and 1968 was assistant general counsel to President Lyndon B. Johnson's National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, otherwise known as the Kerner Commission.

Now, as we celebrate the man who lived and worked tirelessly to achieve a dream in which all of us are judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin, we find ourselves at a crossroads where we as a nation can choose to rise above the pettiness of the status quo and the destructiveness of racial hatred and animosity and recognize the humanity of each other.

The second annual festival is created to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s message, life and legacy. "King believed in using the tactics of nonviolence and civil disobedience based on his religious beliefs and inspiration by Mahatma Gandhi".

"It's about letting the next generation understand that they have a role to play and they have an opportunity to fulfill that role given to them by Dr. King and others involved in the civil rights movement". The book was penned within the aftershock of the white backlash that followed the Passage of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965. King would also help with the 1962 and 1963 protests in Georgia and Alabama.

"He showed us how to stand in the face of injustice and evil... with dignity and with grace and with force and not back down and not destroy another person in the process, not be the inflictor of violence himself, but to be a vessel of unconditional love that brought about some of the transformation we've experienced", said King. The tragedy of Reagan's memorial, however, was that often racist hands framed King's picture erasing from memory that King died as one of America's most radical critics. "His monumental struggle for civil rights earned these places in his life, faith, and death, the same honor as Mount Vernon and that famous, humble log cabin in IL".


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