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Historical Marker Commemoration

By: AP
By: AP

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama is finally commemorating the spot where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his famous "Letter from Birmingham Jail" at the height of the civil rights movement 50 years ago.

Gov. Robert Bentley joined Birmingham Mayor William Bell and King's youngest daughter, Bernice King, on Tuesday in unveiling a historical marker at the site of the old lockup.

April 16 marks the 50th anniversary of King writing the letter while jailed for his role in civil rights protests in the city.

King wrote the letter after some white Alabama clergy members suggested he find ways other than demonstrations to seek racial equality.

Bernice King thanked the city and state for installing the marker. She says it's vital to remember the lessons of the demonstrations of 1963.


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