To the Editor:

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by a sniper as he stands on the balcony of his second floor room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

On Jan. 18, 1986, following the passage of Rubin Law 98-144, President Ronald Reagan signs a proclamation declaring the third Monday in January of each year a public holiday in honor of Dr. King's birthday.

Dr. King's elegant, passionate advocacy of civil and human rights vested in technique of Mahatma Gandhi brought a new dimension of dignity to people's lives and a new hope for freedom and community.

He asked to be remembered as a drum major for justice.

Frances Smith

New Milford