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Martin Luther King III speaks at JCC

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Hundreds of people filled the Sturtz Theater at Jefferson Community College, to listen to words of inspiration from the son of a civil rights movement legend. YNN's Carmella Mataloni spoke with Martin Luther King III and tells us how he carries on his father's legacy.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y.--His father had a dream, a dream that turned him into one of the world's most notable figures in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

"What I tried to do is share his message. His and my mom's legacy to inspire people to realize they can achieve almost anything," said Martin Luther King III.

Now, Martin Luther King III takes his father's inspirational words to his own audience and Saturday night he did just that.

Taking the stage, he spoke to members of Jefferson County about life's obstacles and his commitment to carry on his father's legacy.

"We all have obstacles to overcome in our lives and what I can share is the experience of the modern civil rights movement and how at times it seemed as if there was not going to be anyway for success to occur," said King.

Hundreds of people listened and responded as Mr. King touched on life, his faith in God, and many personal matters he had to find a way to overcome.

After losing his father at the age of ten, his uncle’s mysterious drowning at age 11 and the death of his grandmother at age 16, Mr. King said in order to move forward with his life, he had to look for forgiveness.

"If I had harbored hatred and malice, I probably would have been a different kind of person. But because of what I was exposed to I chose to forgive and to dislike the evil act but still love the individual. That's the lesson my dad taught me," said King.

Mr. King says he will continue to pass on his father's legacy. To show people there is a brighter side to life and how you can achieve it.

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