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Triangle residents honor King's legacy

Posted January 17, 2011

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— Hundreds gathered in downtown Raleigh to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

Shelley Spears said she turned out to remember how far the country has come.

“My husband is African-American,” she said. “What we’ve done made it possible for us to be together. So, it’s important to me.”

While the country has seen progress, speakers said there is still a long way to go.

“We still have segregation in some places, schools and churches,” said John Campbell, director of the Human Rights Commission.

Monday marked the 25th federal observance of King’s birthday. He was born Jan. 15, 1929, and killed at age 39.

Parents like Malcolm Logan used Monday to expose their children first-hand to King's legacy. Logan wanted his daughter to “understand the significance he played in this country.”

Locals march in King's honor Locals march in King's honor

Robert Egford, of the United Kingdom, regarded King as a “world hero.” Egford was in the sea of signs marching down Fayetteville Street from the state Capitol to the Progress Energy Center on Monday morning.

“At the end of the day, it’s a human message and that’s what’s really important. Isn’t it?” Egford said.

Many of the people that marched down Fayetteville Street took part in a service at Meymandi Hall.

Some residents used the King holiday as a way to follow the Baptist preacher's example of service to their fellow man.

Alex Phillips, 16, spent the day at the Triangle United Way sorting shoes for those in need.

“It’s just a really great opportunity to help out people who need it,” Phillips said.

Volunteers honor King through service Volunteers honor King through service

Nakia Graves used her day off of work to help out at the United Way.

“I have a heart to help people. So anything I can do, I’m all for it,” Graves said.

Keith Pillow volunteered there as a way to give back.

“I could be sitting at home doing nothing. There’s a reason for this. We’re all out here together. It’s where we want to be,” he said.

It is the sixth year the Triangle United Way has organized a day of service.

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  • Mugu Jan 18, 2011

    A little booze, some prostitutes, MLK would be honored and happy.

  • Hater like Darth Vader Jan 18, 2011

    Martin Luther King rocked the mustache like nobody's business. I think everyone tends to overlook this fact and get a little too hung up on his speaches about racial equality. Only Burt Reynolds has worn a mustache as well since Dr. King.

  • fatchanceimwrong Jan 18, 2011

    It's been 43 years since King's death and society has come a long way toward racial equality, with much more to go.

    Question is, how much longer will it be before blacks are up to par with whites in areas such as:

    - crime rates as a percentage of population
    - highschool graduation rates
    - more in college than in the judicial system
    - percentage living off the gov't compared to population
    - percentage of kids being supported by both parents, whether they are married or not.

    I mention criteria as a percentage of the population, which is a fair basis. For example, if 5% of the population of whites and 5% of the population of blacks are in prison, then both races are equal in this area.

    43 years and going. But how much longer until King's dream is realized? Any ideas?

  • WooHoo2You Jan 18, 2011

    Of all the great Americans who have served this country since before the Revolution in 1775, MLK is the only one who has a holiday named for him. Did race and political pressure have anything to do with the establishment of this holiday? Give me a break!-edwh14

    Playing the 'race' card are we? I guess Civil Rights don't really matter...

  • jriggan Jan 18, 2011

    I wonder if the Enloe student received permission from the King family foundation before he reenacted the speech? If not he is guilty of Copyright infringement. See http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/communications/estateofmlk.html for a better understanding of it.
    I do admire Dr.King's message.

  • edwh14 Jan 18, 2011

    Of all the great Americans who have served this country since before the Revolution in 1775, MLK is the only one who has a holiday named for him. Did race and political pressure have anything to do with the establishment of this holiday? Give me a break!

  • blackdog Jan 17, 2011

    I am grateful for the courage and leadership of Dr. King. Our country is grateful for the measurable progress we have made as Americans. As a country, we promoted liberty and justice for ALL with his guidence of the movement. Our beacon from Lady Liberty shone brighter to the entire world, because of Dr. King.

  • GLOCKMASTER Jan 17, 2011

    Yep glad someone gave me the day off so I could spend the day with my kids.

  • slappywhite Jan 17, 2011

    martin who?

  • Humungous Jan 17, 2011

    The best thing about MLK day is no traffic tie-ups for working-class Americans. Great gift Dr. King. Thank you!

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