Posted by | January 17, 2011 09:15 | Filed under: Top Stories

Martin Luther King III (pictured) says the need for his father’s message is underscored by the Arizona tragedy.

Martin Luther King III, president and chief executive officer of The King Center, was to deliver the keynote address at the annual holiday observance, held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where his father preached from 1960 until his death in 1968.

He has linked the holiday honoring the winner of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner to the shootings in Tucson, Ariz., which left six dead and Giffords fighting for her life.

King would have been 82 on Jan. 15. Members of the King family also planned to lay a wreath at the tombs of Martin Luther King Jr. and his widow, Coretta Scott King.

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He is the only person other than a president to have a day named in his honor.

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