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Bernice King at FSU to Remember Her Father

By: Ilyssa Trussel
By: Ilyssa Trussel

"We shall overcome" is what students chanted as they marched through the Florida State campus. Dozens of students and employees from different ethnic backgrounds gathered to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"We're taking time off, getting off work to go and see his legacy and live on, and that's an inspiration," said FSU employee James Graham.

Students say race relations are improving, but there's still a long way to go.

"I think we're progressing. We still have a while to go, but I think things are getting better," said FSU student Daniel McKnight.

Rev. Bernice King was just a little girl when her father died, but with the impact he made on society, she knows his words of wisdom should carry on.

"He understood that excellence was inside him. He refused to accept any standard less than excellence."

Like her dad, Bernice King inspires others to improve themselves and society.

"He refused to accept the circumstances and the situation, and instead came along and raised the standard."

King was shot and killed on a hotel balcony while in Memphis, Tennessee fighting for the rights of sanitation workers. That's why FSU is honoring its workers this week.

Reciting the words of King, one student says, "So often we overlook the work and significance of those not in professional jobs."

An FSU employee says he's proud to be honored.

"I think he would be very happy that this day is for us, if he was alive and part of my life, taking the time out," said Graham, who works on campus.

King's birthday will be celebrated on Monday. Many of the city's administrative offices will be closed for the holiday.


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