Demonstration on MLK day blocks traffic

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AP PHOTOS: King’s life, legacy celebrated across America.

From Ferguson to New York, demonstrators used the public holiday to renew protests over recent high-profile killings of unarmed black men by white police officers. “He taught us that we still have a choice to make: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation,” she said. “I challenge you to work with us as we help this nation choose nonviolence.” She drew attention to Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, Eric Garner’s in New York City, and the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio, among others.In Atlanta, about 200 young demonstrators sat down in the middle of Peachtree Street, not far from the annual Martin Luther King’s Birthday commemoration at Ebenezer Baptist Church, and briefly stopped the parade.

Martin Luther King Jr. at his spiritual home in Atlanta repeated the same message on his national holiday Monday: We’ve come a long way, but there’s still much to be done to fulfill King’s dream. All were killed by white officers. “I cannot help but remember many women and men who have been gunned down, not by a bad police force but by some bad actors in a police force,” she said.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had supported the demonstrations that followed a grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer in Garner’s death, fracturing his relationship with the city’s police unions. In addition to honoring King, many of the marchers protested recent killings by police. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)The Associated PressJaiya Smith carries a sign down the aisle during a service honoring Rev. King’s birthday on Monday was punctuated by protest, as a new generation of activists, angered by the deaths of several unarmed African-Americans in confrontations with the police, demanded that the traditional holiday rituals of speechmaking, community service and prayer breakfasts give way to denunciations of injustice and inequality. “The events that have happened have kind of diminished his dream a little bit,” said Aleah Hutchinson, 17, who attended a King event in Athens, Ala., and won a local essay contest connected to the holiday. “He wanted us all to work together in unity, but when certain events occur, like the events in Ferguson and the Trayvon Martin case, it kind of diminishes his dream a little bit because at that point, we’re not working together.” In Atlanta — where the holiday has long been a big but generally mellow and celebratory affair — a showdown occurred between the civil rights old guard and the new, more boisterous generation of protesters, many of whom were catalyzed to action by the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island, both at the hands of the police. Markey said yesterday. “My view is that people have a right to protest injustice, wherever they may see it, to draw attention to it, to force a conversation to take place, and to do it in a peaceful, nonviolent way.

President Barack Obama and wife Michelle visited the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington with daughter Malia to paint murals and assemble “literacy kits” of flashcards and books. With signs, slogans and shouts, they inserted themselves into the annual parade as it made its way down Peachtree Street, Atlanta’s downtown thoroughfare.

Carrying a cardboard box decorated like a coffin, and demanding to be heard, they chanted, “Black people are dying.” Organizers of the commemoration seemed both frustrated and accommodating, allowing the demonstrators to take the podium for a time, during which one young man declared that he had had enough of “the M.L.K. they shove down our throats.” K. Source: AP Selma chronicles the turbulent events leading up to the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and the subsequent passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which was meant to end the practice of preventing African Americans from voting in the Southeast. Louis, where several thousand people marched from the city’s Old Courthouse, where enslaved blacks were once sold as property, to Harris-Stowe State University, where the marchers joined a packed auditorium for an interfaith service. King by keeping his words and his faith in our hearts.” King, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and Boston University graduate, visited Boston on April 22, 1965, three years before his assassination, addressing 22,000 people on Boston Common.

Protesters in California, many of them students at Stanford University, blocked the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, forcing westbound lanes to close for more than an hour Monday night, authorities said. Elsewhere, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported about 60 people gathered Monday at a recreation center where a Cleveland police officer fatally shot the 12-year-old. Louis Democrat who has been involved in the Ferguson protests. “They are ready to rise up and promote change.” One of the day’s larger gatherings was in Philadelphia, where thousands marched peacefully through the city center, calling for an end to a stop-and frisk policy by the city police, higher funding for cash-starved public schools and an increase in the minimum wage. “This is to make people aware that it’s not just a day of service,” Wesley Wilson-Bey, 68, said at a rally outside the school district headquarters. “People have relegated Dr.

In Seattle, authorities reported a handful of arrests after dozens chanting “black lives matter” disrupted traffic in Seattle, blocking part of a state highway and interstate off-ramps. He was a person who made things happen.” More than a thousand people gathered in Harlem; across a plaza, a banner reading “Black Lives Matter” was suspended from the front of a church. Petersburg. (AP Photo/Tampa Bay Times, Scott Keeler)The Associated PressRapper Flo Rida, center, waves to the crowd as he walks the parade route as Grand Marshall, during a parade honoring Dr. The 50-mile trip from Diridon Station has been an annual tradition for the past 30 years, but dwindling ridership has led organizers to discontinue the ride. (AP Photo/San Jose Mercury News, Karl Mondon) MAGS OUT; NO SALESThe Associated PressMembers of a group named “Suits in Solidarity” hold signs while marching during the 30th annual Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. In Denver some held signs up about the recent black deaths as tens of thousands, including cowboys on horseback, made it one of that city’s biggest MLK Day turnouts in years.

Drill teams and floats paraded in Las Vegas under the theme: “Living the Dream: Where Do We Go From Here?” A day after he joined other actors from the movie “Selma” and hundreds of others in Alabama for a march to Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge — where civil rights protesters were beaten and tear-gassed in 1965 — actor David Oyelowo said during the Atlanta commemoration that playing King was a heavy burden. He cried as he talked about putting himself in King’s place. “I only stepped into his shoes for a moment, but I asked myself, ‘How did he do it?'” Oyelowo said.

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