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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy continues to provide inspiration

January 15, 2012

Photo by Marion S. Trikosko, 1964. Source: Library of Congress - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, is shown with Mathew Ahmann, executive director of the National Catholic Conference for Interrracial Justice, in a crowd during a march for civil rights in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 28, 1963.

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" This question, posed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is relevant more than 40 years after his death.
Today marks the annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday that has been observed on the third Monday of January each year since 1986 to commemorate the anniversary of King's birth on Jan. 15, 1929.
While the legacy of Dr. King is something that might not often be thought of in the overwhelmingly Caucasian communities that make up Elk County, his message is meant to inspire individuals regardless of their race, religion, or background.
"The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of honor, faith, and prophetic words," said Fr. Ross Miceli, director of campus ministry at Elk County Catholic High School. "Our children, teenagers and adults should never forget the great sacrifice he made for the cause of freedom and liberty in our country. We should find a chance to reflect and mediate on his inspiring words and find the courage to live them day by day.

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