Martin Luther King Junior

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says minority communities around the country need to work to bridge the separation between police and the residents they serve.

Speaking Monday at a breakfast honoring slain civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., Biden said communities and police departments need to build relationships of trust.

"There's no reason on earth we cannot repair the breach that we've recently seen between law enforcement and minority communities," he said.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Hospital are celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. ahead of what would have been the civil rights leader's 86th birthday.

The school of medicine and hospital are hosting an annual commemoration of King's life on Friday. The keynote speaker at the event will be the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Morris Dees. King's birthday is Jan. 15. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

As the nation marks the birthday of Martin Luther King Junior, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist Goerge Merrill considers that this civil rights leader may have saved the soul of a nation.

Valuable images from the life of Martin Luther King Junior are coming to Delaware State University as part of the King Center Imaging Project.

It includes more than 200-thousand facsimiles of a number of the civil rights leader’s papers.

One was written fifty years ago in April – a letter by King from a Birmingham jail cell in Alabama after he led a non-violent demonstration against racial discrimination.

Computer terminals will provide access to the online archive of digitized letter, photographs, sermons and articles from King’s life.