Atlanta, Jan 16 (Agencies): The son of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr stressed on continuing his father’s message in view of the recent shootings in Arizona that killed six and left a congresswoman critically wounded.

"Ugliness rears its head," Martin Luther King III, who was a boy when his father was slain at Memphis in Tennessee 43 years ago, said during a dinner celebration on Saturday.

"And that tragic incident in a real sense should say to us all that the work of Martin Luther King Jr is nowhere near finished because he tried to teach us how to live in a nation and world without destroying either person or property.

"And so the message of nonviolence resonates strongly, particularly this year after that great tragedy," King said.