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Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. day, the holiday devoted to one of our nation’s premier 20th century civil rights leaders. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the United States needs to follow King’s example, or lose respect around the world.


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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, young people from Central Falls spent their afternoon learning King’s principles of nonviolence. The group is heading to Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington later this week.

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Governor Gina Raimondo is poised Monday to announce a major education initiative that would make the first two years of public higher education tuition-free for Rhode Island high school graduates enrolled at the state’s three public colleges – the Community College of Rhode Island, the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, according to Statehouse sources.

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As we celebrate the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why we still haven’t made the progress that King envisioned.

Today is the day we honor King, the preacher and activist who pricked the conscience of a nation. 

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Today is the annual Martin Luther King Jr., holiday. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay ponders what we can do to advance King’s legacy in Rhode Island.

The great civil rights leader’s legacy will be celebrated across  Rhode Island today in song, sermon and remembrance.  Voices will echo with the strains of James Weldon Johnson’s `Lift Every Voice and Sing’ and that iconic anthem of the civil rights movement, `We Shall Overcome.’

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(PROVIDENCE, RI) Hundreds gathered Monday morning in Cranston for the annual Martin Luther King Jr scholarship breakfast. The crowd joined hands and sang “We Shall Overcome” as they remembered the life and works of Dr King.

It was the 30th annual breakfast and during the event 27 scholarships were handed out. Rev. Sammy Vaughan says this is an appropriate way to remember the life and legacy of Dr. King.

“And we’re here today to remember a man who was such a great character and such a great influence on so many people and so many places in the world,” says Vaughan.