Political, faith and community leaders gather in Atlanta to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr

ATLANTA (AP) – The Rev. Martin Luther King’s daughter is calling on people to celebrate her father’s legacy of acting out against injustice but also to remember his message of nonviolence.

Bernice King invoked the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Eric Garner in New York City and the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta today, saying many have been gunned down “not by a bad police force but by some bad actors in a police force.”

King says her father taught people that they have a choice to make between “nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation.” She called on those gathered to “help this nation choose nonviolence.”

The actor who played the slain civil rights leader in the movie “Selma,” also paid tribute at the service. David Oyelowo choked up as he told the crowd that he felt the King’s pain, his “burden” and the love he had for his family. The actor who, like King, has four children says he stepped into King’s shoes, and wondered “How did he do it?”

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