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Martin Luther King's Legacy

Carrying the Torch: The New Generation Continuing MLK’s Legacy

Coretta Scott King
Coretta Scott King, widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., addresses class day exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on June 12, 1968.
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Martin Luther King's Legacy

On June 12, 1968, a widowed Coretta Scott King stood before Harvard's outgoing senior class in place of her husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. Only months after her husband's assassination and in the midst of a tumultuous year, Scott King urged the young crowd to carry forth MLK's mission, saying "there is reason to hope and to struggle if young people continue to hold high the banner of freedom." Fifty years after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King's speech on that rainy, Cambridge Wednesday, young people remain at the helm of many social and activist movements across the country. This week on Under the Radar and in the concluding hour of our series honoring Dr. King's legacy, we speak with leaders of two separate youth civil engagement groups that have carried MLK's vision into the 21st century.


Rachel Gilmer — co-sirector of Dream Defenders
Alexandra Oliver-Dávila — executive director of Sociedad Latina

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