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Martin Luther King Remembered 40 Years After Death

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Apr 4, 2008 8:10PM

It's hard to avoid if you're keeping up with the mainstream media, but in case you've missed it, today is the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. King is remembered in today's Tribune, the Sun-Times speaks to Jesse Jackson, who was present at the assassination, and WBEZ's Eight Forty-Eight focuses on the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation's efforts to fight substandard housing in the neighborhood as well as their tribute to King, a former resident of the neighborhood who also fought segregated housing issues in the neighborhood.

We're very fortunate to have a smattering of family (including parents and grandparents) who lived in Birmingham and experienced the Civil Rights Movement first-hand and helped us understand King's importance to the movement and why, especially in the midst of a heated, race-centric Presidential campaign, it remains such an important issue, even 40 years after King's death.