‘We’re still fighting’: Bethlehem march to mark 50 years since King assassination

A march this week in Bethlehem commemorates one of the darkest days of a tumultuous era in United States history, the assassination 50 years ago of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 had outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; required equal access to public places and employment; and enforced desegregation of schools and the right to vote.

But it did not end discrimination, or bigotry or the fight for equality. That’s a battle that continues today, according to polling and Lehigh Valley black leaders.

“We got the law that gave us the rights, a few things, but we haven’t seen the strides as they should be,” said Esther Lee, president of the Bethlehem NAACP that organized Wednesday’s march. “Inclusion has yet…

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