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Reported by Andrew Douglas

Hundreds gather to remember Dr. King

Hundreds of people were in attendance to remember Dr. King's work as the fortieth anniversary of his assassination nears.

Al Sharpton's National Action Network put on the event honoring people who are committed to keeping King's dream alive. People like Actress Cecily Tyson for her roles challenging stereotypes.

Another honoree, Earl Graves founder and publisher of black enterprise magazine, was a pioneer of African-Americans in the business community.

"We wouldn't have a Barak Obama running for president. We wouldn't have African-Americans sitting as CEOs in major corporations. We wouldn't have the mayors of many cities that we do have," Graves said. 
On this night, gratitude was on the mind of comedian Monique.

She said she was honored to be the banquet's emcee. Helping recognize keepers of the dream.

"This weekend means for me justice, equality, love...all rolled up in one and his name was Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior," Monique said. 
Dr. King's son, Martin Luther King, III admits he is ready for Friday to come and go.

He is proud of his father, but the anniversary of his death he admits is a struggle.

"I don't what's going to be going on when I get to the site where he was actually gun down, I'm sure that is going to be a tough moment for me." King, III said.

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