50 Years Later: Living the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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I was asked to share my thoughts on the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death as part of AT&T 28 Days – History By Us campaign. Here they are.

By Daivd Huntley, Senior Executive Vice President - Chief Compliance Officer

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of civil rights icon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We’ve all heard the tragedy of Dr. King’s murder from an assassin’s bullet at a Tennessee hotel in 1968. But to fully appreciate its impact, you must understand the time.

While the fight for full social, economic and legal equality continues to this day, the environment in Dr. King’s day was far different. The struggle and threat more immediate. Despite this, Dr. King and others chose to carry the mantle of freedom during the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. As one of the movement’s chief architects, Dr. King inspired us ALL to believe in a better future for ALL. By 1968, African Americans had gained substantial legal achievements, including the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968.

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