State Rep. Glenn W. Holmes (D-Girard) today is reflecting on the life and work of the American civil rights leader during the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Preparing to support a sanitation workers’ strike, Dr. King was fatally shot at the Lorraine Motel located in Memphis, Tennessee. Most known for his I Have a Dream speech and Letter from Birmingham Jail, King was also the founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

“Dr. King epitomized civic involvement and persistence for equitable outcomes among African Americans and the poor,” Holmes remarked. “We have come a long way in 50 years and we still have a long way to go addressing social justice and equality.”

Following his death, several string of events occurred including the passage of the Fair Housing Act, a notable piece of civil rights legislation. 

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