King’s words still inspire nearly 50 years after his death

In this Jan. 13, 2017, file photo, Pastor Raphael Gamaliel Warnock, of Ebenezer Baptist Church, receives a “President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award” during during a Martin Luther King Celebration at the Tate Student Center at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. In response to Martin Luther King’s teachings about love and hate, Warnock says that now “is a time of moral reckoning in our nation. We must choose to stand on the side of light and love.” (John Roark/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)

In this May 2, 2011, file photo, Xernona Clayton waves at the NAACP Freedom Dinner news conference in Detroit. Clayton says Martin Luther King Jr.’s message about love and hate “is so applicable to today.” In this day and age, “we have to drive out hate any way we can. We have to strengthen love any way we can,” she says. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

ATLANTA — Though his voice was silenced nearly 50 years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of nonviolence still resonates and inspires.