Sunday October 4th, 2015 5:17PM

Hundreds attend MLK service at Ebenezer

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) Hundreds of people filled Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Monday to remember and reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The service at the church where King preached featured prayers, songs, music and speakers. It was one of many events, including parades, marches and community service projects, across the country to honor King, an Atlanta native.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said there were not many states that can boast a native son that merits a national holiday, but added: "we Georgians can."

Deal said this year he would work with state legislators to find an appropriate way to honor the 1965 Nobel Peace Prize winner at the Georgia Capitol, which drew a standing ovation from the audience. He did not give any specifics. Civil rights leaders have suggested a statue at the state Capitol.

"I think that more than just saying kind thoughts about him we ought to take action ourselves," said Deal, a Republican. "That's how we embed truth into our words. I think it's time for Georgia's leaders to follow in Dr. King's footsteps and take action, too."

Deal also touched on criminal justice reforms his administration has tried to make, including drug and mental health courts and community-based services to keep non-violent criminals and young people out of prison.
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