Speeches, marches mark 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

- The nation is remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday, 50 years after his assassination.

A time of reflection and remembrance, but also a chance to mark how far our country has come. Meanwhile, his refusal to budge from the principal of non-violence when it came to the struggle for racial justice and equality had shed him support within the wider black civil rights movement among a young generation of activists whose anger and frustration at the lack of progress when it came to achieving justice for black people was at the breaking point. Memphis Police estimated a crowd of as many as 10,000 people. But before he could finish those plans, he came to Memphis in 1968 to support a strike by black sanitation workers who were exhausted of dealing with low pay and risky working conditions.

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life-longevity has its place. "The task is unfinished".

Common - who won an Academy Award for his song featured in the movie Selma about Dr King's famous 1965 march in Alabama - called upon Americans to join in a "call for a national day of action to challenge the death of Black people at the hands of the state".

"The NAACP is proud that through the calendar of activities drawn from the striking sanitation workers" iconic slogan, "I Am a Man, ' we'll be able to connect the movements of the past with today's youth and movements for social change, while symbolically passing the mantle, and strengthening and energizing our Youth and College Division Leadership", Johnson said. It forever changed history.

"I think I would have heard the name Martin Luther King on radio and television as a child without fully realising who he was", she says. "None of us really understood back then how the Army was going to react to it, as well as the general public, especially from the standpoint of everything that happened in Washington, D.C. and the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles and elsewhere across America". "We just want to make sure that we don't lose the gains that we have made".

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"He would know that we as a nation can, must and will do better".

The poverty rate for people ages 18-64 in Memphis is 22.6 percent, 11.4 percent for those age 65 and older, 13.3 percent for whites and 23.3 percent for African-Americans. He was standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel where he was staying in preparation for a meeting the evening of April 4 when an assassin's bullet struck him down.

Small-time criminal James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to the killing and quickly recanted, claiming he was set up. At Grace Cathedral, an audio recording of King's "I Have a Dream" speech will play at 4:01 p.m., the time of the shooting.

The president has been the target of veiled criticism by some speakers at King commemorations in recent days as they complained of fraught race relations and other divisions since he was elected. Community organizers scheduled a march and commemorative program marking the anniversary in Yakima, Washington.

Thousands are marching through a Tennessee city to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his death.

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