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Coretta Scott King, widow of the slain civil rights leader, is seen with a portrait of her late husband on January 14, 1972, at a time when she was lobbying to have his birthday declared a federal holiday.
Coretta Scott King, widow of the slain civil rights leader, is seen with a portrait of her late husband on January 14, 1972, at a time when she was lobbying to have his birthday declared a federal holiday.

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Obama, Shinseki Mark Holiday With Community Service

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 18, 2010 - President Barack Obama, the First Lady, and senior administration leaders, including Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, participated in community service projects to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. national day of service. “Dr. King dedicated his life to advancing social justice and equal opportunity for all,” Obama said. “But more than forty years after his death, Story | Video

Obama Remember's
King Contributions

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 17, 2010 - Speaking in a church where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached more than half a century ago on "The Challenge of a New Age," President Barack Obama talked about the challenges and accomplishments of King's generation. King "understood that the desegregation of the Armed Forces didn't end the civil rights movement, because black and white soldiers still couldn't sit together at the same lunch counter when they came home. But he still insisted on the rightness of desegregating the Armed Forces. That was a good first step - even as he called for more," Obama told congregants of the Vermont Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. Transcript | Video | Proclamation

Friend Carries King Message

FORT MYER, Va., Jan. 15, 2010 - The Rev. Samuel Kyles, who was with Martin Luther King Jr. when he was shot, spoke with soldiers, Marines and civilians Friday about the importance of dreams to every single person on the planet. Story

Gates Extols Civil Rights
Leader King's Message

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today challenged the Defense Department and all Americans to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy during a Pentagon observance in advance of the Jan. 18 holiday that marks the civil rights leader’s birth. Story

MLK's Legacy Deserves Thought

FORT LEWIS, Wash., Jan. 14, 2010 Contemplating the meaning of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, David W. Kuhns Sr., editor of the Fort Lewis Northwest Guardian, offers a commentary on the importance of continuing the introspection King used to prompt social change. Story

Marines Honor King Legacy

MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga., Jan. 14, 2010 - As Americans pause to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., officials at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany recognized the occasion Tuesday at the Base Chapel. Story

Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on August 28, 1963.