Jan. 20 - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden warns Americans that progress on civil rights requires vigilance to prevent things from ''sliding back' as thousands gathered throughout the U.S. to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.. Deborah Gembara reports.
Paying tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. At his memorial in Washington -- a yellow wreath to honor the slain civil rights leader. The gathering, not far from the site where he delivered his compelling 'I have a dream' speech, was just one of many events marking his life. There were parades in San Antonio, Phoenix and Denver in honor of King's work to end segregation Vice President Joe Biden reflected on King's legacy at a breakfast in Washington. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN SAYING: "It's the everyday actions that inspire that are going to keep human progress rolling forward, and keep it from sliding back." He added that the battle for equality is ongoing. He also pointed to a recent Supreme Court decision empowering states to modify their voting guidelines without federal approval -- as possibly detrimental to minorities. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN SAYING: "I have to admit, I never thought we'd be fighting the fight again on voting rights...Justice Ginsburg got it right when she said, Throwing out the existing process when it's working and continues to work is, quote, 'like throwing away an umbrella in a rainstorm because you're not getting wet.'" An advocate for non-violent protest, King was killed in Memphis, Tennessee in April of 1968.