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January-21-97

Martin Luther King Jr. III Starts Pro-Affirmative Action Group

In response to Ward Connerly's founding of a national group to wipe out equal opportunity programs for women and people of color, Martin Luther King's eldest son has founded and will head Americans United for Affirmative Action. The new Atlanta-based group will work to preserve affirmative action. King commented on January 18th near the memorial of his father, "Our country is currently embroiled in a backlash against hard-won gains made during the civil rights movement - namely, affirmative action."

Media Resources: The Washington Post - January 20, 1997


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