Daily News salutes Dr. Martin Luther King

Published 8:40 am Monday, January 19, 2015

With the enduring struggle for civil rights, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday on Monday.

The iconic civil rights leader, who was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, would have been 86 years old.

He died by an assassin’s bullet in Memphis at the young age of 39.

We think it is unfortunate that Dr. King did not live long enough to see the fruits of his struggles.

Today, we have children of color attending public schools alongside other races in the race to gain the knowledge that will carry them on to bigger and brighter things that life has to offer.

Better educational and employment opportunities are just two things for which Dr. King fought and died through non-violent protests.

A Baptist minister, he strongly believed civil rights could be obtained through peaceful means rather than the alternative.

There are birthday celebrations honoring Dr. King throughout Bogalusa and Washington Parish this weekend. The Angie-Varnado Concerned Citizens honored Dr. King with a march and program Saturday. On Monday, the Bogalusa Civic League also remembers Dr. King’s legacy.

A march and a program at Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church will host a program of singing, dancing poetry reading and speeches.

In November, the late Bob Hicks was honored for his struggles for civil rights. Two months later, we honor and remember Dr. King.

On his birthday, the Daily News salutes Dr. King and his legacy. His struggle for equal rights for all people continues.