Nation ponders King in wake of Arizona shootings

Nation ponders King in wake of Arizona shootings

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FILE - This Aug. 28, 1963, file photo shows Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledging the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington. Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, marks the 25th federal observance of the birth of King, one of America's most celebrated citizens, and the only non-U.S. president to be honored with a national holiday. (AP Photo/File)

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by ERRIN HAINES

Associated Press

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Updated Sunday, Jan 16 at 1:12 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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