Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s son praised the Black Lives Matter movement for working to carry on the legacy of his father, in a Wednesday interview.
Martin Luther King III said there were three modern movements that were fighting for the same causes his father did decades ago, in an interview with Newsweek.
“I think we see [my father’s message] continued by three movements as we speak — Black Lives Matter, the MeToo movement and March for Our Lives,” said King III. “I see my father’s movement and legacy manifesting itself through these movements that occurring.”
King III praised Black Lives Matter, however, he also pointed out that he feels the Parkland, Fla., students who organized the March for Our Lives are similar to the young activists jailed in Birmingham, Ala., in the 1960s.
“These young people are leading the movement, [I] haven’t seen a high school movement since 1963 in Birmingham when they were arrested. It’s 2018, and now we have students around the country of protesting the issue of guns and gun safety,” said King III.
King Jr. was assassinated fifty years ago on April 4, 1968, by James Earl Ray at a Tennessee hotel.
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