King family announces coalition to aid Black, Brown organizers

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Nearly 60 years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stood at the Lincoln Memorial and delivered his seminal “I Have a Dream Speech,” relatives say his vision is far from realized.

Instead of marching on the nation’s capital this anniversary, Martin Luther King III and his wife, Arndrea Waters King, are focusing their efforts on Black and Brown organizers in communities across the country. They announced on Sunday the launch of a coalition that will invest millions of dollars in 40 groups that promote freedom, justice and equality — a recognition of the ways great social movements harnessed the power of grass-roots organizing to achieve progress.

“What I learned a long time ago, even my father’s campaigns, they really were marathons. And so this is a marathon,” said Martin Luther King III, the late civil rights leader’s elder son. “It is those individuals, those community organizations, that are working every day in the trenches that…

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