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The legacy of slain civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will be recognized on Monday, January 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday.

A sea of mourning engulfed America on April 4, 1968 the day King was assassinated. Negroes were drowning in despair after his senseless murder in Memphis.

The day after King was killed, beloved actor Ossie Davis, spoke at a memorial gathering for MLK in New York City’s Central Park.

Davis and his wife, Ruby Dee, not only marched alongside King; they were among his closest friends.

“Martin King left us not only the example of his life and of his thoughts and his philosophies and his teachings, but this is more important to the young people in our country, to the black people in our country, he left us the example of his death. He knew it was coming, and he didn’t run, he didn’t change, he didn’t back down. He went forward and he met it like a black man always meets it,” the star of stage, screen and television told the crowd on April 5, 1968.

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