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Mon January 20, 2014

Martin Luther King, Sr. remembers son in U of I speech

Martin Luther King, Sr.
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On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we’ll take you back to a speech given by the father of the slain civil rights leader. In 1975, Martin Luther King, Sr. visited the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to talk about the role of religion in the civil rights movement, and his son’s tireless work. Seven years after the assassination, King Sr. said he bears no ill will toward his son’s killer.

That was Martin Luther King, Sr. speaking on April 12, 1975 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This piece was produced by Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers.