Posted on January 16, 2011 at 11:27 AM
Sunday, Jan 16 at 2:12 PM
ATLANTA (AP) -- The federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. has taken on added meaning for most Americans this year, as they try to make sense of the violence in Arizona that left six people dead and a member of Congress fighting for her life.
Imani Perry, an African-American studies professor at Princeton University, says King's message of inclusion should resonate strongly this year in light of the tragedy.
Martin Luther King III, head of The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, says the Arizona tragedy is a grim reminder the country has not yet achieved his father's dream of a peaceful society.
Many use the King holiday, which falls on Monday, to celebrate King's life and struggle for human rights. However, it is simply a long weekend for others.
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