Vivian boldly challenged a segregationist sheriff while trying to register Black voters in the late 40s and 50s in Selma, Alabama, where hundreds, then thousands, later marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
The killing of George Floyd by a white police officer polarised the country politically and racially in the middle of a presidential campaign and as states begin to ease lockdowns imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic.
King's life was an inspiration around the globe, and the anti-war and anti-capitalist views that informed his activism have been largely cleansed from his legacy.
Thousands of admirers grateful for the civil rights icon's life and legacy mourned his loss and pledged to carry on his unfinished work to end racial injustice and economic inequality.
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