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Phenix City woman, civil rights leaders reflect on assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Gloria Battle interacted with Dr. King as an undergraduate student at ASU.

Phenix City, Al- The flame Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lit for justice and equality still burns as brightly as it did before his assasination in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968. April 4 marks 50 years since his passing-and one Phenix City woman reflects on her encounters with Dr. King on the campus of Alabama State University as if time has stood still. 

"It was just hard to believe that somebody was just mean enough to take his life."

Fifty years later, Gloria Battle, a student at Alabama State University in the 1950's, still has a hard time

processing the man who was once a fixture on her campus and leader of the church she once attended is gone. 

"It had sort of become a part of us, we expected to see him every Sunday morning," says Battle. "We expected to have something from the message on Sunday. And then after he finished the message he always came down out of the pulpit so we could go back past him and shake his hand."

Battle tells News 3 that despite the racial injustices King faced, she "never saw him angry." "He was always preaching and sharing the Word." 


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