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Google doodle marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By Karen Butler
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Google doodle marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The Google.com homepage on Monday features a crowd listening to Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech in honor of MLK Day. Image courtesy Google

Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The Google doodle posted on the company's home page Monday marks the federal holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The drawing shows colorfully dressed people, including a little girl sitting on a man's shoulders, gathered on Washington's National Mall to listen to the Nobel Peace Prize winner speak.

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King, whose birthday is Jan. 15, is not pictured in the image.

Famous for battling racial inequality through non-violent resistance, the minister and civil rights leader was assassinated by James Earl Ray as he stood on the balcony of a Memphis motel room on April 4, 1968. He was 39 years old when he died.

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Ray died at the age of 70 while serving life in prison for the slaying.

U.S. President Donald Trump last week signed a bill that will make King's Georgia birthplace a national park.

Alveda King, his niece, was in attendance for the bill-signing ceremony.

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Trump also recently signed a proclamation to honor Martin Luther King,Jr. Day, saying it is a day to mourn his loss, celebrate his legacy and pledge to fight for his dream of equality, freedom, justice and peace.

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"Today we celebrate Dr. King for standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear," Trump said. "That no matter what the color of our skin, or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God."

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