Thursday marks the 45th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. In his hometown of Atlanta a wreath will be laid outside the church he once led. Church leaders are also challenging youth to 50 days of nonviolence.
Three south Georgia judges have asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit against them. The lawsuit was filed last month in Albany by the Southern Center for Human Rights against Cordele Judicial Circuit Chief Superior Court Judge John Pridgen, Superior Court Judge T. Christopher Hughes and Superior Court Judge Robert Chasteen, Jr.
The estate of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has filed a federal lawsuit against a television news anchor in Mississippi claiming that he has documents taken from the slain civil rights leader by a former employee, the anchor's mother.
The president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference died early Thursday morning. The Rev. Howard Creecy-Jr. had only held the post of the civil rights group since the start of the year. The SCLC says Creecy, Jr. died of an apparent heart attack at his Atlanta home. He was 57.
On this day commemorating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr, thousands gathered in an Atlanta church where the civil rights activist preached his message of nonviolence. Political leaders said the teachings were especially relevant in light of the recent shooting rampage in Arizona.