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MLK’s Daughter Stresses Father’s Legacy

The youngest daughter of Martin Luther King is stressing her father’s legacy of peace and nonviolence, on this national holiday in his memory.

Bernice King (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Bernice King addressed the annual commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where her father preached. She described how he calmed an armed, angry crowd when the King family’s home in Montgomery, Ala., was bombed.

He stood on the porch and urged the crowd to fight not with guns but with Christian love. His daughter calls it “one of the bravest experiences of gun control that we’ve ever heard of in the history of our nation.”

The keynote speaker at today’s service was the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. It was the first time a Latino leader served in that role.

In Washington, many people who were headed to the National Mall for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration stopped first at the statue of King at his memorial to have their pictures taken there.

NEXT: 5 Martin Luther King Quotes to Inspire You on MLK Day 2013

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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