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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. honored 50 years after his death

05 April, 2018, 01:02 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Memorial on the National Mall on the way to a large gathering of faith leaders on April 4, 2018.

President Trump weighed in on Twitter and in a presidential proclamation.

The best way for people to honor King, Jones argues, is registering to vote and becoming politically active.

Some of the sanitation workers who participated with King in a 1968 strike sat in the front row and were treated like celebrities, with audience members stopping to take photos with them before the event started.

A huge crowd is expected to turn out at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where King was struck down by an assassin's bullet on April 4, 1968, and which has since become a shrine to the Nobel Peace Prize victor. Hear from those who witnessed it.

In the USA alone, 955 streets are named for King.

The attack occurred less than 100 yards from where her son was buried. "I have friends and family here, and it was important to be here". The day will include bell tolls across the nation at 6:01 p.m. He later died at the hospital. After the viewing of the speech, the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, home to the National Churchill Museum, will ring bells. A wreath-laying will be held at his grave site. "But most importantly, we must remember the goal and power of his life".

Aspiring agents now call the FBI's efforts to discredit King a "shameful" investigation; for a long time, the letter was referenced by many in the movement as the "suicide letter".

Jackson said that some people thought that King was anticipating his death the next day.




There were a lot of unknowns back in those days, Griffin said. "It was a day that seemed like all hope was gone".

"There's been an awakening", Lucas said.

Still, some civil rights leaders have not forgiven Trump for his reaction to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, in which white nationalists demonstrated to preserve pro-slavery monuments and neo-Nazis chanted anti-Semitic slogans. Absent were the familiar chants and calls for justice.

King's daughter, Bernice A. King, tweeted that her father was a nonviolent practitioner, a social change strategist and a courageous speaker of truth to power. All talked about discrimination and spreading love.

Does it mean that we don't cuss out those who cuss at us?

The anniversary of King's killing coincides with a resurgence of white supremacy, the continued shootings of unarmed black men and a parade of discouraging statistics on the lack of progress among black Americans on issues from housing to education to wealth. "Not just to honour our history, but to seize our future".

Reporter Mike Thomas took to the streets of Oelwein to see what Oelwein residents had to say about the 50th anniversary of MLK's death, and the impact he still has today. As a united people, we must see Dr. King's life mission through and denounce racism, inhumanity, and all those things that seek to divide us. This bigotry affects people of all color. "Fifty years later, they're still talking about him". It would be his last appearance in the North. "You disappeared. You're running out on me", Young remembers King telling him.

"It was like losing your mother", said David Johnson, a San Francisco photographer who documented the March on Washington and other civil rights protests.

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