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Jeffrey Coprich, director of the Inner City Mass Choir, almost canceled the group's annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. this weekend. The last year had been filled with too much grief for Coprich and his Watts community. First, a 16-year-old girl in his choir was accidentally shot. Then, in a highly publicized case, his 82-year-old godmother, Viola McClain, was slain on her porch, allegedly at the hands of two teenagers.
April 5, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was the guest of honor Friday at a Los Angeles mosque. But it was the spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that held the crowd. "King was a leader who gave his life working for justice," said Muzammil H. Siddiqi, religious director of the Islamic Society of Orange County, in his sermon during Jumah, the weekly prayer service. "He stood for freedom, justice and equality among all. These are principles that we have to talk about as often as possible."
Is the caller there? The lines are jammed at KFYI, an all-talk radio station here. Callers from around the state are waiting in an electronic line to talk to show host Bob Mohan. And Mohan has no doubt as to today's topic. It's the same thing callers have been talking about since the election Nov. 6. Dave from Glendale: "How dare anybody ask me, when I'm done voting, to justify my vote, to prove it.
August 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Media conglomerate Viacom Inc., which owns BET and MTV, announced a donation Tuesday valued at $1.5 million to help build a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. on the National Mall in Washington. Viacom pledged $1 million in cash plus promotions for the memorial that will include public service announcements across the company's networks and its billboards in New York's Times Square, Chief Executive Philippe Dauman said.
Martin Luther King Day observances turned violent Monday when police, clad in riot gear, clashed with thousands of demonstrators protesting a Ku Klux Klan rally on the state capitol steps. Three police officers were injured by rocks and bottles and at least five protesters were treated at Denver General Hospital, said police spokesman Det. Dave Metzler. Police said they arrested 21 people, including six juveniles.
January 18, 1988 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
About 300 people linked arms and held a 1960s-style freedom march through downtown Fontana Sunday to celebrate the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., while a handful of Ku Klux Klan members shouted racial epithets. Escorted by about 100 Fontana police officers and two dozen San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies, the marchers paraded for a mile, holding up Bibles and singing inspirational songs, including "We Shall Overcome" and "When the Saints Go Marching In."
January 17, 1988 | Associated Press
About 250 civil rights activists paraded through all-white Forsyth County without incident Saturday. They retraced the route of a march halted by hecklers throwing bottles and rocks a year ago. The demonstrators sang civil rights anthems and hymns and carried signs. They were escorted by State Patrol troopers and Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents. A total of 425 state and county officers policed the march, officials said. A similar procession on Jan.
December 18, 1988 | TAYLOR BRANCH
Shortly after Robert Kennedy took over the Justice Department, he found himself at loggerheads with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. An unwitting Martin Luther King Jr. would soon find himself a pawn in the attorney general's continuing battle to protect his brother, John F . Kennedy, the President, from the FBI chief. The running battle between Robert Kennedy and J. Edgar Hoover began in the early days of J. F. K. 's Administration.
October 29, 1999 | From the Washington Post
The Library of Congress has tentatively agreed with the family of Martin Luther King Jr. to acquire the civil rights leader's personal papers for $20 million. The purchase of the 80,000 items, which has to be authorized by Congress, would be the most expensive in the library's 200-year history. Officials there have been interested in King's papers since before his assassination in 1968.
Ten-year-old Cam Tuyen Phan had never heard of segregation until she was chosen to narrate a reenactment Monday of Rosa Park's refusal to give up a bus seat to a white person. "I knew black people were treated meanly but I didn't know they were that separated," said Cam, who was among about 300 people from local schools and churches who gathered Monday at Santa Ana Valley High School to celebrate what would have been the 66th birthday of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
May 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A four-month exhibit featuring the writings and documents of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. closed after drawing record crowds, officials said. Another big turnout over the weekend boosted the number of visitors to about 65,000, Atlanta History Center officials said. "By far, this is the most popular exhibit we've had," a museum spokesman said. "So many people have been moved to tears." The exhibit, "I Have a Dream: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr.
February 16, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A master sculptor from China was chosen Thursday to carve the image of Martin Luther King Jr. for a memorial to the slain civil rights leader to be built on the National Mall. Lei Yixin, one of nine sculptors considered national treasures in China, will carve King's likeness in the memorial's 28-foot granite "Stone of Hope," officials said. The figure will be sculpted from a light beige variety of granite stone found in China's Fujian province. Earlier Thursday, the U.S.
January 9, 2007 | Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writer
Religious and civil rights leaders in Los Angeles and other big cities said Monday that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. stood in the way of Martin Luther King Jr.'s goals of civil and economic equality. The group of 100 activists from 10 cities demanded that the world's largest retailer increase pay and offer better health benefits -- a rallying cry for critics of the company. "Too often, we hear that for our communities, any job is a good job," the Rev.
November 5, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Two of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children say a proposed civil rights museum in Atlanta should be near their father's grave instead of in the city's tourism hub. The 2.5-acre site that Coca-Cola Co. offered for the museum is near the Georgia Aquarium, the CNN Center and the future World of Coca-Cola Museum. Martin Luther King III and his sister Bernice King said the civil rights museum should be near Ebenezer Baptist Church and the King Center, where King and his wife are buried.
June 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A collection of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s handwritten documents and books won't be sold at auction and instead will be given to his alma mater. A coalition of business, individuals and philanthropic leaders led by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin bought the collection for an undisclosed amount, said Morehouse College President Walter Massey.
June 10, 2006 | From Bloomberg
Sotheby's Holdings Inc. will auction manuscripts, papers and the personal library of civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. after more than three years of trying to sell the collection privately to an institution. The auction house will offer the King collection in one lot, with a high estimate of $30 million. The sale of the 7,000-item collection is scheduled for June 30 in New York. King's four children are the sellers.
November 5, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Someone whited out Martin Luther King Jr.'s face on a mural of the slain civil rights leader. Authorities are trying to determine if the election day vandalism is a hate crime or malicious mischief. The vandals left the rest of the mural intact. The mural had been untouched for five years outside the Martin Luther King Center, which served as a polling place and provides after-school programs to about 20 children each day.
A man involved in a fistfight stepped out of a crowd Monday as a Martin Luther King Day parade marched past and shot another man to death, wounding three children who were in his way. "We have a suspect, but not in hand," Police Chief Greg Phares told reporters. He said the gunman and all of his victims were black. "It appears there was no racial or political or hate-crime motive. It appears to have stemmed from a personal dispute."
March 31, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The flophouse bathtub James Earl Ray stood in to fatally shoot Martin Luther King Jr. has been sold on EBay to an online casino for $7,600, the tub's owner said. The Golden Palace Casino had the winning bid, said D'Army Bailey, a Memphis judge, who owned the tub. Bailey said he'd been assured the casino would treat the tub "with sensitivity for its historical significance." Golden Palace has bought numerous historical or noteworthy artifacts for a traveling display.
January 14, 2006 | Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writer
Every year since the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., his widow, Coretta Scott King, has marked his birthday at the church where he delivered his first and last sermon. But this year, no one at Ebenezer Baptist Church is sure Coretta King -- or any of her four children -- will attend Monday.
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