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Remembering the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8News) - Across the country people are celebrating the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Our Nolan Crane spoke with one lady in Northeast Louisiana who heard king talk and preach from the pulpit several times before he was killed in Memphis at the age of 39.

When you walk around the Northeast Louisiana Delta African-American Heritage Museum in Monroe you will see paintings and statues of civil right leaders. You will also find the executive director Ms. Lorraine Slacks reading a book about one of her heroes. Today the pages she is turning are about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a man she met and heard speak several times.

"The teachings that came from the pulpit, inspired us to be better students to be better people and to respect the things that he was trying to teach," said Lorraine Slacks.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee and was buried in Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 39. Although he is gone, Slacks says he will never be forgotten she says it's his legacy we need to remember today.

"He not only motivated persons so that we have an African-American president today. He motivated the little people. People who wanted to get up and get out and do some things to make life better," said Lorraine Slacks.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream and he shared it with the world because it involved all of us.

"Equality, about that everyone would have a chance, educational, jobs and all," said Carrie Cann.

Every year the third Monday in January is a federal holiday to celebrate the life of king and there is a monument in Washington DC to honor his legacy every day.

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