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50 Years After MLK's Death, These Powerful Tweets Celebrate His Life and Legacy

Wednesday marks the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., a hero of the US Civil Rights movement and a radical voice for social justice.

King is best known for leading the movement to dismantle structural segregation and to demand equal rights for black people in the US. But King also fought the oppression of poor people, regardless of the race, throughout the country and the world. Indeed, King was murdered in Memphis, Tennessee after participating in a strike by sanitation workers demonstrating for higher wages.

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King’s assassination initiated the Poor People’s Campaign, a movement he often described in the years before his death, and inspired generations of activists.

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Fifty years after King’s death, his legacy lives on in the actions of leading activists, lawmakers, and normal citizens who advocate for equal rights, living wages, and social justice.

These powerful tweets, including a few by his daughter Bernice King, capture that lasting commitment to King’s mission.

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