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January 20, 1986

Undated (AP) _ Some notable quotes Monday on the first federal holiday in honor of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.:

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″Washington, Lincoln, King. With this holiday, Dr. King takes his place as the founding father of the second American revolution - the revolution of civil rights.″ Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., speaking in Atlanta.

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″Our celebration sends another message with a forward lean - for the truth of the matter is, in the name of Martin, we ain’t going back. We’ve come too far, we’ve worked too strenuously, we’ve marched too long, we’ve prayed too hard, we’ve wept too bitterly, we’ve bled too profusely and we’ve died too young.″ Rev. Joseph Lowery, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, speaking in Atlanta.

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″America today bears witness to the fact that Dr. King’s faith in America was true faith ... Love has overcome hate.″ Vice President George Bush, speaking in Atlanta.

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″Blacks are better off and blacks are worse off. In some fronts there has been progress and on some fronts we have lost ground. Parts of the dream have come true and parts of the dream frankly are a nightmare.″ U.S. District Judge Benjamin Gibson, speaking at Michigan State University.

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″We honor Dr. King by rolling up our sleeves, putting on our galoshes and going into the fields.″ The Rev. Fred Trost, speaking in Barneveld, Wis., to volunteers who joined Gov. Anthony Earl in helping snow-bound farmers.

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″I’m so happy that today ... we are celebrating the first national holiday for a black American, which in a sense transcends Martin himself and really gives honor and respect to every black American, to those who struggled so long and so hard to make this country as great as it is.″ Benjamin Hooks, executive director of the NAACP, interviewed on the ″CBS Morning News.″

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″We have a long way to go in America and in the world. The race is not given to the swift or the strong but to he who endures to the end.″ Philip Michael Thomas, star of ″Miami Vice,″ speaking in Seattle.

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″Martin Luther King’s vision was not a narrow one. He dreamed of a world blessed by the sunshine of racial justice. The crusade that he led here is not just a crusade for America. It is America’s crusade for mankind.″ Florida Gov. Bob Graham, speaking in St. Augustine, Fla.

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″I marched for him. He was a true man. He wanted to help people get along with each other.″ Mailakia Moon, 7, who marched in Nashville, Tenn.

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″Oh, my dear Martin, we need you so much today.″ Former Rep. Shirley Chisholm, speaking Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va.

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″I am 100 percent in favor of a national holiday to celebrate Dr. King. But I do not believe Martin Luther King would approve of us celebrating his birthday by taking a day off. We should study and do things to help us reach the top of the mountain.″ Lyle Young, principal at Central High School in Tulsa, Okla., which was boycotted by black students.

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″Thanks be unto God, he was a troublemaker.″ Belton Joyner, executive director for the North Carolina Annual Conference and Council on Ministries of the United Methodist Church, speaking in Fayetteville, N.C.

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