A short excerpt from the AP story:
*MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — On the 40th anniversary of his assassination, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was remembered Friday in the city where he died as a man who came to Memphis “to lead us to a better way.”
Speakers urged the crowd to follow King’s example by working to help the poor, improve public schools and provide housing for the homeless. King was a champion of nonviolent protest for social change, and his writings and speeches still stir older followers and new ones alike, said Vivian, who helped organize lunch-counter sit-ins in Nashville in 1960 and rode on a “freedom bus” through Mississippi.
“Because of the leadership of this man we rose up out of fear and became willing to put our bodies on the line,” said Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a companion of King in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.*
IMO, we could use a few like MLK now - today is a sad day to mark the death of a hero. A man who preached non-violence cut down by an assassin’s bullet.