Late Sen. Edward Kennedy Honored by King Center

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - The widow of the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy will accept a posthumous award from the King Center recognizing her husband's work for civil rights.

The King Center said in a statement that Victoria Kennedy plans to accept the award Saturday night in Atlanta and speak about her husband's legacy.

Edward Kennedy died of brain cancer in August 2009 after serving nearly a half-century in the U.S. Senate.

Many black leaders credit Kennedy with consistently pushing for equal rights legislation in Congress. One of Kennedy's first major speeches on the Senate floor was in support of the Civil Rights Act
of 1964.

He was a friend of the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Kennedy sponsored legislation making King's birthday a federal holiday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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