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Historical marker dedicated for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."

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Dr. King's youngest daughter Elder Bernice King speaks at the unveiling of the Historical Marker ceremony. Dr. King's youngest daughter Elder Bernice King speaks at the unveiling of the Historical Marker ceremony.
BIRMINGHAM, AL -

A historical marker now reminds new generations what happened here, 50 years ago today. It's where the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his now famous, "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." Parts of that letter were dramatized in front of the place where it was written.

Dr. King's youngest daughter, Elder Bernice King told me how important this day is to her family.

"My mother used to always admonish us into ensuring that the facts are right, and the history is correct and so for us it's very meaningful, that this part of my father's history remains alive and especially relevant today," she said.

King reminded the crowd that this historical marker is an important reminder of the success of the civil rights movement and how we should never forget.

Especially the words from Dr. King's letter, written she said not just to the Caucasian Birmingham ministers but to the entire world.

King said, "The words are still very much relevant with a few tweaks today and it just testifies to the fact that he was really prophetic in what he did."

And if Dr. King were still alive today? Elder King said he would be pleased with the progress the civil rights movement made.

"He always knew that injustice is still lurking and exists and so I would think he would admonish us of tremendous amount of work we still have to do," she said.

 

 

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