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Congresswoman Lee Marks 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's Assassination

Congresswoman Lee Marks 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's Assassination”

The 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be marked Wednesday by several events around the country and the St. Louis region, including a bell-ringing ceremony at the Missouri History Museum.

The commemoration of the "Mountaintop" speech followed an announcement earlier in the day by civil rights leaders who are reviving an economic justice campaign first planned by King.

Churches are also being asked to toll their bells 39 times marking Dr. King's age when he was killed.

But during his lifetime he was seen as a controversial figure and considered by the USA government to be a unsafe agitator.

"Dr. King's death actually brought about some changes in the military", Griffin pointed out.

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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.

"I think the death of Martin Luther King Jr. - maybe, just maybe - took some of the steam out of the movement, but it didn't stop the movement", said Lewis. 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.

And while through the years the Waterloo native has learned to appreciate MLK's contributions to the cause of civil rights and the fight against poverty, he said his parents had not embraced King's methods in the late '60s.

The beloved community King so often referred to.

Starting May 14, clergy, union members and other activists will take part in the events in about 30 states, targeting Congress and state legislatures. One pastor eloquently told the crowd that this commemoration is not about yesterday or about sentimental dreams of the future, that today was about the present struggles. The sound will represent the number of years Dr. King was alive.

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Inside the church, Bernice King called her older brother, Martin Luther King III, to join her in the pulpit, and she discussed the difficulty of publicly mourning their father - a man hated during his lifetime, now beloved around the world.

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn.

It's hard to change the generation-to-generation hand-me-downs that perpetuate the belief of some white people that they were so superior to African people that it was OK for them to capture them, kidnap them and whisk them away to America where they were sold into generations of slavery. "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". "Keep all of us in prayer as we continue the grieving process for a parent that we've had yet to bury".

Martin Luther King, Jr., appeared on CBC's Front Page Challenge in 1959. 50 years ago on this date, April 4, remains vivid.

Jackson said that some people thought that King was anticipating his death the next day. Members of his family also will lay a wreath at the crypts of King and his widow, Coretta Scott King.

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