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FERGUSON, Mo. (KSDK) - A high profile activist with a famous name is comparing the situation in Ferguson to the civil rights movement of the 60's.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece is speaking at several venues across the St. Louis region this weekend, including one not far from where Michael Brown was shot.

Dr. Alveda King spoke was active during the civil rights movement of the 60's, and says she sees many similarities to the situation unfolding in Ferguson. Just like her father and uncle pushed a message of peace back then, she is preaching that message now.

Dr. Alveda King attended a forum aimed at improving relations between police and the public.

"I would appreciate a movement for the reexamination of the laws of our nation and that we can begin to see all people as human beings. So, we would no longer be as concerned with eliminating a threat as with ministering to people," said Dr. King

Dr. Alveda King's father was A.D. King. He called on the community to remain calm after their family home was bombed in Birmingham in the early 60's.

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