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  Political activist Alveda King, the niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, spoke at MU on Monday about what she considers to be the twenty-first century’s civil rights movement – the movement against abortion.

King said she’s been part of the anti-abortion movement since conception – she just didn’t know it yet. Her mother originally wanted to abort her.

“And my grandfather stepped up and said that he had seen me in a dream three years before, and my mother could not abort me because I was going to bless people,” King said.

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Hundreds gathered in St. Louis to honor Doctor Martin Luther King Junior's fight for equality, even as disparities still exist.

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Roughly 200 people braved the heat and humidity outside Missouri’s Capitol building today (Wednesday) to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  Among those speaking at the event was former St. Louis lawmaker Jeanette Mott Oxford, who now heads the Missouri Association for Social Welfare.  She told the crowd she believes King’s vision for America went beyond racial equality:

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The University of Missouri plans to install a tabletop replica of the Martin Luther King Jr. statue this week at the university's library.

The university was given a replica statute last year by Ty Christian, a Missouri graduate who was chief marketing strategist on the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation.

The statue will be installed during a ceremony Tuesday in the Ellis Library. It will be open to the public.