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MLK Jr. Community Center

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Friday was the 46th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Dr. King gave his life, for not just one people, for all people," says Jerry Chambers, a long-time civil rights activist in Dallas. "He preached unity, five or six months before he was assassinated.”

Chambers, a 50-year veteran of the Dallas public school system, spoke Friday at the MLK Jr Community Center to mark the hour of King’s assassination in 1968. 

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To mark Black History month, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center has opened a new museum inside its main building in southern Dallas.

Children in the community center’s Head Start program kicked off the event with a song from the civil rights movement:

“Come on over to the front of the bus ... I’ll be riding up there!”