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Houston Leaders Reflect On Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Life And Legacy

On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death, local civil rights leaders reflect on his legacy.


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In this April 3, 1968 file photo, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. stands with other civil rights leaders on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., a day before he was assassinated at approximately the same place. From left are Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King, and Ralph Abernathy.


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Today marks 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Cities across the U.S., including Houston, are holding events in remembrance of Dr. King.

What’s the Civil Rights leader’s legacy here in Houston? Houston Matters learns more from three prominent members of Houston’s African-American community: State Rep. Garnet Coleman of Houston, Tom Jones, who was part of the Prairie View A&M University a cappella concert choir that performed for Dr. King in Memphis just a few weeks before his death, and Rev. Ed Small of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center of Houston.