50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's assassination: Nathi Mthethwa pays tribute

50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's assassination: Nathi Mthethwa pays tribute

- Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated 50 years ago

- Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa paid tribute to him

- He hailed his anti-apartheid stance

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Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has hailed the late Dr Martin Luther King Jr for his anti-apartheid stance.

April 4 marks the 50th anniversary of the American civil rights activist's assassination. In a tweet, Mthethwa wrote:

He spoke out against injustices the world over, even against apartheid South Africa. He lived by the mantra he coined 'an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.'

In a major speech in London while en route to Oslo to receive his Nobel Peace Prize in December 1964, Dr King said:

In our struggle for freedom and justice in the United States, which has also been so long and arduous, we feel a powerful sense of identification with those in the far more deadly struggle for freedom in South Africa.

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Dr King called on world governments to impose sanctions on the apartheid regime, adding:

Today great leaders - Nelson Mandela and Robert Sobukwe - are among many hundreds wasting away in Robben Island prison.

The civil rights activist also attempted to travel to South Africa but was denied a visa, according to News24.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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