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Events planned in Memphis on anniversary of Martin Luther King's death

(WMC-TV) - Civil rights leaders will visit Memphis this week as part of activities planned to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 44th anniversary of his death.

Just days before the April 4 anniversary of King's death, thousands are expected to visit the National Civil Rights Museum to honor his legacy.

"He stood up for rights of trying to make everybody equal and trying to create everything equal," said Justin Goolsby.

Even those born after King's death showed their admiration and respect.

"I know that he did a lot for the civil rights movement," said Katie Neff of Kentucky.  "I know that he was a powerful speaker and really moved the nation."

King was killed while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.  While he is gone, many said he will never be forgotten.

Jesse Jackson was at the Lorraine Motel when King was shot.  This week, he will honor King by talking to high school students about getting registered to vote.

Jackson will also return to the National Civil Rights Museum for a special wreath laying ceremony.  He and many others will also be there when a portion of Linden will be renamed in honor of King.

Memphis will also honor King with a host of rallies, church services, and other events designed to help keep his dream alive.

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