Barack Obama, Bernice A. King and more remember Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his death


On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death, celebrities, politicians, activists and more share thoughts on the civil rights leader’s legacy.

Commemorations, events, speeches and more are being held today in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. The civil rights leader was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. He was just 39.

From Memphis to King’s hometown of Atlanta and beyond, many have remembered his work and inspirational speeches, plus ways to further his goals for civil rights today.

Former President Barack Obama released a video today via the Obama Foundation discussing Dr. King and his impact. The video comes from a meeting he had Monday with students from Washington’s Ron Brown College Preparatory High School.

In the video, the nation’s first black president reflects on Dr. King along with Congressman John Lewis.

One key quote from the video is Obama urging the students to get past any worries of causing controversy, expressing how important the work they have ahead is.

"If you are speaking on behalf of social justice, then by definition there’s going to be some controversy because if it wasn’t controversial, then somebody would have already fixed it. Dr. King was controversial, but he studied and thought and crafted what he had to say. He knew, when he spoke, he was expressing a truth as well as he could know it."

Bernice A. King paid tribute to her father with touching photos in vibrant color. She shared moments of him lifting her up as a little girl to her leaning her head against his statue.

Former Vice President Joe Biden shared his thoughts on King as well via Twitter.

Below are more statements, thoughts and reflections on Dr. King as well as photos and videos from events held today in his honor.

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We thank Dr. King for his inspirational words and incredible achievements.