The NAACP is honoring King with a series of special events in Memphis. The event will be broadcast through Comcast NBCUniversal's award-winning "Voices of the Civil Rights Movement" platform, and can be viewed here, on Facebook and YouTube beginning at 10:30am/9:30am CST, with a dramatic bell toll at 7:01 p.m. EST, the approximate moment of King's assassination.
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"Many young people in particular were disillusioned with non-violent protest", Reed said.
The crowd started the silent march by filing past the King monument. Some marchers were smiling and chanting; others were staring ahead with serious looks on their faces. The march was led by sanitation workers union members, whose low pay brought King to the city. People sang "We Shall Overcome".
"Martin Luther King did not get the attention and accolades he deserved in his time, but I feel like he's seeing this now".
At age 91, civil rights leader the Rev. James Lawson was also marching.
The 78-year-old congressman talked about the Freedom Riders, voter registration for blacks in the South during the 1960s and about meeting with King, who called him "the boy from Troy". "The task is unfinished". He finished his performance by raising his fist and bowing his head. There are forces in America, there are forces in high places that want to take us back.
"Dr. King worked to further equality for everyone, no matter their race, gender, creed or class". "On this cherish day, we honor the memory of Rev. King", Trump said in the video.
Trump's comments came in a White House proclamation issued Wednesday on the 50th anniversary of King's slaying in Memphis, Tennessee. We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters lest we perish together as fools. I believe Dr. King's dream can and will be achieved.
Marchers in Washington, D.C., walk along the National Mall en route to a rally on April 4, 2018.
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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.
Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and has devoted his career to helping the poor, those in prison and death row inmates.
"You are demanding that this city will respect the dignity of labor", he said.
Thousands have gathered in Memphis for events to commemorate the anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Mrs. King was 69-years-old. She's retired from the department of Veterans Affairs. "Reverend King we can't legislate morality and he would say we 'are not asking for the government to make my neighbor love me, we are asking the government to keep my neighbor from killing me, '" Reed said.
In this August 28, 1963, file photo, Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his landmark speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
Speaking in King's hometown of Atlanta, the Rev. Bernice A. King recalled her father as a civil rights leader and great orator whose message of peaceful protest was still vital decades later.
Too narrow a focus "makes it more complicated or hard to bring about the kind of change needed", Reed said. Lucas, 74, said she used the trip to reflect on the day of King's death.
Demonstrators gathered in Memphis, where King was assassinated 50 years ago Wednesday.
The Memphis sanitation workers were part of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME. One man hauled a cart full of commemorative T-shirts he was selling for $10.