Alabama remembers Martin Luther King, Jr., 50 years after assassination

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Wednesday marks 50 years since the assassination of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and people across the country are taking time to remember his life and legacy.

A lot of King’s fight for racial equality took place in Alabama, and Yellowhammer State politicians taking a moment to remember him today.

Here’s what they’re saying:

Walter Maddox_TuscaloosaTuscaloosa Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox (via statement):

Words are inadequate as we remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on this the 50th Anniversary of his assassination. For most of us in public service, when it comes to honoring Dr. King, we select one of his many inspirational quotes, and we try to summarize it in a way that is reaffirming and sanitized. While intentions may be honorable, it falls woefully short of honoring an American patriot whose life was cut tragically short.

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Terri Sewell OfficialAlabama 7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (via Facebook):

Today, as we remember Dr. King on the 50th anniversary of his death, I want to share one of his speeches that I believe resonates today – on the power of love. As anger and hate drive a wedge between Americans, let’s remember what Dr. King taught us, that it is love that will win our fight for justice. Love for our neighbor, love for our enemy, love correcting everything that stands against love.

Doug JonesU.S. Sen. Doug Jones (via Facebook):

Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King’s passing this week, each of us has a responsibility to continue to fight for the American Dream. We must honor Dr. King’s legacy by working to ensure our nation lives up to its creed of dignity, respect, equality and justice. #MLK50

Tuskegee-Democrat State Rep. Pebblin Warren (via Facebook):
Today is my birthday and the day Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated on my 16th Birthday. Over the years I have been truly blessed to come from cotton fields in Georgia to the State House in Alabama. I have had my shares of ups and downs but through it all my faith has carried me through. I was born in the house below by a midwife. Back in the day the kitchen was separated from the house. I am so thankful to my mother who had an 8th grade education, but wisdom unmeasurable. My father died when I was 6 and 6 days old. Mama instilled getting an education, strong work habits, strong religious beliefs and to help where ever you can. I am so thankful to my husband, children and grand children for their undying LOVE. My prayer is that God will continue to bless me with good health, mind and soul for many more years to come.

Bradley Byrne Official fraudAlabama 1st District U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (via Facebook):
Today we remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech was his final address before his assassination in 1968. Fifty years later, we continue work to promote equal opportunities for all and keep his dream alive. #MLK50
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