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Martin Luther King Jr. honored in 31st Kingdom Day Parade

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On Jan. 18, the City of Los Angeles honored the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with the 31st annual Kingdom Day Parade, themed “Our Work Is Not Yet Done.”

The American Baptist minister and civil rights leader is remembered for his peaceful fight for racial equality. His vision was expressed in the historic 1963 speech, “I Have a Dream,” where he said, “I have a dream that my four little 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.”

Archbishop José H. Gomez honored King Jr.’s life with several tweets. “Friends, the Rev. Martin Luther King dreamed of what he called ‘the beloved community.’ This expression inspires me in my ministry.”

Archbishop Gomez noted that racial tensions still continue, tweeting, “This last year has been marked by increased racial violence and tension in many cities and on college campuses across the country.” He added, “We are painfully aware that our nation is still a long way from this beloved community that he dreamed of — and gave his life for. #MLK”

King Jr. was assassinated April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn. at the age of 39.  

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