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Civil rights marker requested to honor Kyles

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CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) - Supervisors in north Mississippi's Bolivar County have been asked to support a civil rights marker honoring the Rev. Samuel Kyles.

Kyles, now 81, was with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. when King was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis, Tenn.

Kyles is a native of Shelby, a small community in Bolivar County. He has been the pastor of Monumental Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., for 54 years.

The Bolivar Commercial reports (http://bit.ly/14mvq8U ) that retired teacher Vivian Patton of Rosedale asked county supervisors to support the marker. Supervisors took no action because the issue wasn't on their agenda.

In 1968, Kyles led efforts to gain community support for striking sanitation workers in Memphis. He was honored in 2011 with a Freedom Award sponsored by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.