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Martin Luther King III and Democratic presidential candidate Bernard Sanders commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act but said more action is needed to make sure poor minorities in the U.S. are not disenfranchised. (Associated Press photographs)

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Martin Luther King III told The Washington Times he believes that Washington can combat poverty without creating a welfare state. The key, he said, is generating new opportunities for the poor, and the first step should be to appoint a "poverty czar" to focus on poverty-stricken Americans. (Associated Press)

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"My father's approach to the most brutal and unambiguous social injustices during the civil rights struggle was rooted in nonviolence as a morally and tactically correct response," Martin Luther King III said in an interview with The Washington Times. "In no way do I, nor would my father, condone any 'ends justify the means' behavior." (Associated Press)

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"My father's approach to the most brutal and unambiguous social injustices during the civil rights struggle was rooted in nonviolence as a morally and tactically correct response," said Martin Luther King III. (Associated Press)

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Governor Nathan Deal makes remarks as State Rep Calvin Smyre, Martin Luther King III and Bernice King listen at the state Capitol Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Tuesday marks the last day the governor can sign bills into law. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

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Martin Luther King III, his wife, Arndrea, sister Bernice and members of the General Assembly watch Governor Nathan Deal sign legislation related to the Martin Luther King Jr tribute statue at the state Capitol Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Tuesday marks the last day the governor can sign bills into law. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

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Martin Luther King III (third from right), the son of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., stands Sunday with his wife, Arndrea, and daughter, Yolanda, before the memorial dedicated to his father on the Mall in Washington. Americans are honoring Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, 83 years after his birth. (Associated Press)