Appalachian Peace Education Center Remembers Martin Luther King Jr. at 34th Annual Celebration | WJHL

FILE – In this file photo from April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. makes his last public appearance at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn. The next day, King was murdered on the balcony of his motel. In a new memoir, “My Life with Kings: A Journalist’s Memories of Martin, Coretta and Civil Rights […]

(WJHL) – Amid continued civil unrest in the United States, an organization works to commemorate a peaceful activist who championed civil rights and change throughout the 1950s until his assassination in 1968.

There comes a time when you have to take a position that is neither sure, nor political, nor popular, but you have to take it because the conscience tells it that it is right.

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Martin Luther King Jr. aimed to instill inclusiveness and racial justice among all Americans at a time when racial segregation in schools, businesses and other public spaces persisted.

The Appalachian Peace Education Center honored King’s memory on Saturday in a virtual ceremony with music, prayer and reflection to celebrate his life and work.

Participants recited essays submitted by local students, participants joined in chants, and APEC presented its annual Peace and Justice Aware.

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