The Revs. Ralph Abernathy, left, and Martin Luther King Jr., lead a protest march in Birmingham, Ala., in April 1963. King would be arrested during that march and write his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail.
The Revs. Ralph Abernathy, left, and Martin Luther King Jr., lead a protest march in Birmingham, Ala., in April 1963. King would be arrested during that march and write his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail. Associated Press
The Revs. Ralph Abernathy, left, and Martin Luther King Jr., lead a protest march in Birmingham, Ala., in April 1963. King would be arrested during that march and write his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail. Associated Press

Tom Eblen, the Lexington Herald-Leader’s metro/state columnist since 2008, writes opinion and feature columns. A seventh-generation Kentuckian, he was the Herald-Leader’s managing editor from 1998-2008. Eblen previously worked for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Associated Press. He is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

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