Atlanta, GA (AP) - State officials celebrated the life of the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. as a Georgia native whose ideals are needed
today more than ever.
Gov. Nathan Deal and others remarked on Saturday's tragic events
in Arizona as a reminder that King's dream of a nonviolent society
had not yet been achieved. House Speaker David Ralston echoed his
comments, saying the state and the nation should follow King's
example of civility in public discourse.
The state ceremony honoring King on Thursday ahead of what would
have been his 82nd birthday was held at the Capitol and attended by
lawmakers and King's son, Martin Luther King III and Christine King
Farris, the civil rights icon's only living sibling.
The nation will mark the 25th federal observance of King's
birthday on Monday.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)