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Guest column: King's words as timely today as they were in the past

Guest column: King's words as timely today as they were in the past

On January 15, 1955, a young man by the name of Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrated his 26th birthday. He had no way of knowing that 13 years later, he would become a martyr and change the course of history. At the tender age of 26, he, as many black youth of his era, planned to live his life in a society that had predetermined what and who he may become. At that time, he was not aware that a social movement was about to impact his life. He later referred to this movement as the "zeitgeist", defined as the trend or thought or feeling characteristic of a particular time period. He was on the eve of being involved in a whirlwind of social change. He had no way of knowing that he...

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