Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: 1929-1968

Jan. 15 (observed Jan. 19) marks the 75th birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was gunned down by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tenn., in 1968.

King delivered his famous “I Have A Dream Speech” on Aug. 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. In the speech, King proclaimed: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’ … I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.”

The Rockford Ministers Fellowship will hold its annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration Jan. 19 with a panel discussion on the impact of King on the Rockford community from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Midway Theater and an evening service starting at 7 p.m. at St. Paul Church of God In Christ at 1001 Wigton Ave. Information: 962-0559.

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