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Goff’s mother, 68-year-old Loretta Goff, said she was in nursing school in New York when King died in 1968 and remembers it being a traumatic time. Now, she said, everyone is responsible for continuing King’s legacy.
"There is still so much more to do," she said.
At a rally in Columbia, S.C., North Carolina NAACP President William Barber went over a list of ways that Republican leaders in Congress and Southern governor’s offices have treated Americans badly, from leaving the Confederate flag to fly on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse to refusing federal money to expand Medicaid and allowing poor schools to fall further behind.
He left the few thousand people cheering and rocking like they were at a gospel revival, chanting "mighty low" and "higher ground" back to him.
Singer and activist Harry Belafonte headlined the 28th annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium at the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus.
"I’m not too sure where America is at this moment," he said. "We seem to have lost our moral compass . if we ever had one. ... We don’t have the KKK riding around lynching people. We now have something even more horrific: We have the prison system. We use the system to continually crucify the poor."
At the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky., the centered showed King’s "I Have a Dream" speech on the hour. In August, tens of thousands of Americans visited the National Mall to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and King’s "I Have a Dream" speech, which he gave from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Associated Press writers Verna Dobnik in New York; Jessica Gresko in Washington; Darlene Superville in Washington; Jeffrey Collins in Columbia, S.C.; and Lucas Johnson in Nasvhille, Tenn., contributed to this report.
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