ATLANTA (AP) -- Martin Luther King III spoke Saturday at a dinner where the King Center is honoring the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's work on civil rights. A posthumous award is being presented to the senator's widow, Vicki Kennedy. The senator, who died in 2009 at age 77 following a battle with cancer, helped make King's birthday a national holiday.
King's son said the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
make his father's message of nonviolence resonate particularly
Both families have been touched by political violence. President
John Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, and King and Sen. Robert
Kennedy were slain in 1968.
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