Robins Air Force Base Celebrates King's Legacy

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Millions of people will celebrate the contributions of American Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday. Robins Air Force Base honored him a little early.

Thursday, the base's service featured Central High School's Chorus and speakers discussing King's legacy.

Those in attendance also watched King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

The famous speech was given in 1963 in Washington D.C., where more than 200,000 people witnessed it.

Chief Master Sergeant Gregory Joy said, "Folks who fought side by side with Dr. King really (helped) me in understanding what his deeds were, and how much Dr. King laid on the line for not just African-Americans but for all oppressed Americans."

Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.

The King holiday was signed into law in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan. It was first celebrated three years later.

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