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County, nation honor Martin Luther King Jr.

on January 20, 2014 7:26 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — The nation pauses to remember Martin Luther King Jr. today with parades, marches and service projects.

King was born Jan. 15, 1929, and the federal holiday is the third Monday in January.

In Atlanta, a service was planned at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was pastor. In Memphis, Tenn., where King was assassinated, an audio recording of an interview with King would be played at the National Civil Rights Museum. The recording sheds new light on a phone call President John F. Kennedy made to King’s wife more than 50 years ago.

[PHOTO: Ambassador Adlai Stevenson, the U.S. delegate to the United Nations, shakes hands with Martin Luther King Jr., president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Atlanta, Ga., at the White House in Washington with President John F. Kennedy at right.]

Historians generally agree Kennedy’s phone call to Coretta Scott King expressing concern over her husband’s arrest in October 1960 — and Robert Kennedy’s work behind the scenes to get King released — helped JFK win the White House.

In Ann Arbor, Mich., activist and entertainer Harry Belafonte planned to deliver the keynote address for the 28th annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium this morning at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium. 

Indiana County observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Saturday with the NCAAP's Freedom March and a ceremony that honored King's legacy. More on the event, which had the theme "Civil Rights in the 21st Century," can be found in a story here. 

More on the nation's observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be in today's Indiana Gazette. 

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