Martin Luther King, III visits Raleigh school

February 28, 2008 12:55:56 PM PST
Martin Luther King III, son of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to dozens of elementary school students in Raleigh Thursday.

King was keynote speaker for a Black History Month celebration held at the Upper Room Christian Academy and Preschool.

The children reenacted the great words spoken by Martin Luther King, Jr. over 40-years ago at the March on Washington during the height of the civil rights movement. "Free at last, free at last, thank God all mighty we are free at last."

The son of the civil rights legacy closed out a month of Black History celebrations with a morning assembly. King III encouraged the children to bring his father's legacy to life. "Every year, we observe the King Holiday - most children are aware of that, but I try to make it personal for them to say, here I am in the flesh," King said.

King went on to encourage the group to remember the struggles of their heritage and strive to reach the top by pushing education, "We can be anything we want to be."

While all of the children have heard his father's speech, King says he wants the children to remember the main goal behind his father's message.

King addressed the entire student body ranging from grades Pre-K to 8th grade students. Parents, faculty and Congressman Dan Blue also attended the event that was open to the public.


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