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                                                                                                 U.S. NEWS Thursday 5 april 2018

            MLK honored as thousands march to 'keep the dream going'

            By  ERRIN  HAINES  WHACK,
            ADRIAN  SAINZ  and  KATE
             Associated Press
            MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — With
            thoughts  on  the  past  and
            eyes  to  the  future,  thou-
            sands  marched  and  sang
            civil  rights  songs  Wednes-
            day  to  honor  the  Rev.
            Martin  Luther  King  Jr.,  the
            "apostle  of  nonviolence"
            silenced  by  an  assassin  50
            years ago.
            At  events  ranging  from  a
            jubilant  concert  to  a  sol-
            emn  wreath-laying,  ad-
            mirers  across  the  country
            took time to both reflect on
            King's  legacy  and  discuss
            how his example can apply
            to racial and economic di-
            vides still plaguing society.
            Among the largest gather-    People hold signs resembling the signs carried by striking sanitation workers in 1968 as they join in events commemorating the 50th
            ings  was  a  march  through   anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn.
            the  Mississippi  River  city
            where the civil rights leader
            was shot dead on a motel     erything  happened  the  ty, racism and war. "There's  on in 1998.                     event brought a symbol of
            balcony  in  1968.  Memphis   way  that  it  happened  be-  something wrong in our na-  Marking  the  anniversary  transformation: The daugh-
            police  estimated  a  crowd   cause  I  can't  imagine  the  tion where a minimum of 48  of  the  assassination,  Presi-  ter of King's one-time nem-
            of about 10,000.             world that we live in without  million  people  are  living  in  dent  Donald  Trump  issued  esis,  segregationist  Gov.
            The  Rev.  James  Lawson,    the  contributions  of  Martin  poverty.  That's  unaccept-  a proclamation in honor of  George  C.  Wallace,  paid
            who  invited  King  to  Mem-  Luther King Jr. and Coretta  able.  We  must  do  better.  the slain leader, saying: "In  tribute to the slain civil rights
            phis  50  years  ago  to  assist   Scott King and the sacrifice  America should be embar-  remembrance  of  his  pro-  leader.
            with  a  strike  by  underpaid   that they made," she said.  rassed  about  having  peo-  found and inspirational vir-  Shirley Mason was a young
            sanitation  workers,  helped   Before the Memphis march,  ple living in poverty."      tues,  we  look  to  do  as  Dr.  woman  living  in  Detroit
            lead  the  march  and  said   the  rapper  Common  and  In the evening, ringing bells  King  did  while  this  world  when King was killed. Now
            more progress is needed to-  pop singer Sheila E had the  marked  the  moment  King  was  privileged  enough  to  70,  she  said  she  came  to
            ward King's goal of equality   crowd  dancing  and  bob-  was gunned down at age  still have him."                  Memphis not only to honor
            for all.                     bing  their  heads.  Then,  as  39. Members of King's fam-  The president has been the  King's legacy but to call for
            "I'm still anxious and frustrat-  the  march  began,  people  ily  pulled  a  rope  together  target  of  veiled  criticism  his work to be continued.
            ed," said Lawson, his black   locked  arms  or  held  signs  to  ring  a  bell  39  times  at  by  some  speakers  at  King  "(King)  went  through  the
            hair turned gray. "The task is   as they chanted and sang  the  pool  surrounding  the  commemorations in recent  struggle  and  gave  up  his
            unfinished."                 songs  such  as  "We  Shall  Atlanta  crypt  of  King  and  days  as  they  complained  life," she said. "Why not get
            Speaking  in  King's  home-  Overcome."                   his  wife.  The  family  then  of  fraught  race  relations  out ourselves and do some
            town  of  Atlanta,  the  Rev.   "We know what he worked  laid  a  wreath  of  multicol-  and other divisions since he  sacrificing?"q
            Bernice  King  recalled  her   hard for, we know what he  ored flowers in front of the  was elected.
            father  as  a  great  orator   died  for,  so  we  just  want  crypt. The crowd gathered  Observances    marking
            whose message of peace-      to keep the dream going,"  outside  Memphis'  old  Lor-   King's death were planned
            ful protest was still vital de-  said  Dixie  Spencer,  who  raine Motel fell silent as the  coast-to-coast.   In   New
            cades later.                 came  to  the  march  from  bell  began  to  ring  there.  York,  the  Dance  Theatre
            "We  decided  to  start  this   nearby  Hardeman  Coun-   A  red  and  white  wreath  of  Harlem  planned  an
            day    remembering     the   ty,  where  she's  an  NAACP  was  placed  on  the  balco-  evening  performance  in
            apostle  of  nonviolence,"   leader.  "We  just  want  to  ny  where  King  had  been  his  honor.  Another  march
            she said during a ceremo-    make  sure  that  we  don't  standing when he was shot.   was  scheduled  in  Yakima,
            ny to award a prize named    lose the gains that we have  Small-time  criminal  James  Washington.
            for her father.              made."                       Earl  Ray  pleaded  guilty  to  In  Montgomery,  Alabama,
            As  painful  as  losing  her   Martin  Luther  King  III  ad-  the  killing  and  quickly  re-  where  King  first  gained
            father  was,  she  said  she   dressed  marchers  at  the  canted,  claiming  he  was  notice  leading  a  boycott
            wouldn't change history.     end of their route, focusing  set  up.  The  conviction  against  segregated  city
            "Actually, I'm glad that ev-  on the triple evils of pover-  stood, and Ray died in pris-  buses,  a  commemorative
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