Tallahassee community reflects on Martin Luther King Jr. and his words

As Monday marks the 38th annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it comes on the heels of the birthday of the highly esteemed civil rights leader and activist, an icon who dedicated his life to the fight for equality and justice. Social.

Between the day he was born on January 15, 1929, and his assassination on April 4, 1968, King rose to become an epitome of what it means to stand up for civil rights as he marched against issues ranging from racial segregation to polarization between the poor and the rich.

He was also known for speaking out for rights ranging from voting among people of color to equal access to education.

While King is remembered on a larger scale across the country on MLK Day, his visits to Tallahassee years ago made the capital city one of the many places he traveled to as he continually sought justice for all.

Records show that King came to Tallahassee on at least three different occasions: in May 1957 for the first anniversary of the Intercivic Council, in May 1959 to speak at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, and again in April 1964.

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As the nation reflects on who King was and the kinds of issues that concerned him in his day, some similar themes resonate today, including police brutality.