MARTIN LUTHER KING'S SON IN SLAVERY EVENT; Iconic Rights Campaigner to Visit City

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THE eldest son of civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King is visiting Liverpool to take part in this year's Slavery Remembrance Day.

Dr King is known worldwide for leading the crusade against racism and injustice in the United States in the 1960s - and for his famous "I have a dream" speech.

His tireless work came to a tragic end with his assassination, aged 39, in Memphis in 1968.

Like his father Martin Luther King III is a human rights campaigner and community activist.

Three days of free activity will take place around the city's annual slavery remembrance on August 23.

Mr King is expected to play a key role in the event.

He will give a memorial lecture in St George's Hall and will be present when the Dock Traffic Office at Albert Dock is re-named the Dr Martin Luther King Jnr Building in honour of his father.

It is planned to expand the International Slavery Museum into this building when funds per mit.

Other events include a family day at the International Slavery Museum and a walk of remembrance through Liverpool city centre.

The three-day programme is organised by National Museums Liverpool (NML) in partnership with Liverpool City Council.

Mr King's involvement came about after a chance meeting thousands of miles away.

Cheryl Magowan, communities senior manager at NML, was paying her respects at Dr Martin Luther King's grave at the King Center, in Atlanta, Georgia, last year, when she met Martin Luther King III. …