Marion Woods, whose life was so dedicated to the pursuit of civil rights and economic justice that his friends described him as “Sacramento’s Martin Luther King Jr.,” died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack. He was 87.
“I am just heartbroken,” said Sam Starks, who annually organizes Northern California’s largest MLK march as executive director of MLK365. “He was my living King. He knew King. He went to school with King. A few of us have the knowledge of King, but he had the sensibilities of King and the … commonsense of King.”