At Selma, MLK III recalls his father’s struggles

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Martin Luther King III says his father wouldn’t want to be idolized.

Speaking at the Alabama church that was the starting point of Selma’s voting rights marches, King said his father “would want us to embrace his ideals of truth, freedom, justice and equality and righteousness.”

The son of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was joined by the Rev. Al Sharpton and Attorney General Eric Holder at a Sunday service marking the 50th anniversary of the clashes between police and marchers that led to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

King said those rights are threatened today by voter ID requirements, but “God Almighty is still on the throne.”

Sharpton said, God “heard the cry of our parents, and we’re not going to let our parents and God down now.”

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