Martin Luther King Jr. honored with socially distant events nationwide
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The nation observed a largely virtual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy Monday amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In Washington, DC, the MLK memorial was closed to the public as tens of thousands of National Guard members descend on the National Mall to secure the area ahead of Inauguration Day, according to emergency management officials.

Instead of the usual outdoor parades and packed services across the nation, officials and religious leaders marked the civil rights leader's life and legacy in online events.

President-elect Joe Biden participated in a scaled down, livestreamed MLK Day event at the King Center in Atlanta.

Biden recalled accepting the Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum at the former Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where King was assassinated in 1968.

"He lives deep in the soul of our nation," Biden said in brief virtual remarks. "It's in our hearts, it's in our bones, reminding us what we must do. We must not rest.

"It's our…
Jesse O'Neill
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