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Thousands gather to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Central High School's choir joined together to pay a musical tribute to Dr. King. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) The Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Central High School's choir joined together to pay a musical tribute to Dr. King. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
Thousands gathered at the Lorraine Motel to honor and remember Dr. King (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Thousands gathered at the Lorraine Motel to honor and remember Dr. King (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
A wreath sits at the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) A wreath sits at the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Exactly 47 years after an assassin opened fire and killed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Downtown Memphis, thousands of people returned to the site of the murder, the Lorraine Motel, to honor the dreamer and his fight for equality.

Members of the Church of God in Christ carried signs in support of Dr. King's dream as they started Saturday's tribute with a march to National Civil Rights Museum.

In the courtyard of the museum, Central High School's choir shared the stage with Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Together, they performed a musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They called it "From Heartache to Harmony."

"I think he was great," said Memphian Patricia Lee.

People traveled from around the country to show their respect and support for Dr. King.

"He strived so hard that we could have jobs, we could go to school, we could have a good education," said Emma Hammonds, who made the trip from New York for the event.

On the balcony where Dr. King was killed, a wreath hangs over the railing.

In the courtyard below the balcony, people of all colors and creeds applauded Mayor Wharton and other speakers who honored Dr. King's legacy with words of encouragement.

Memphis-born rapper Al Capone also joined Justin Merrick and the Central High choir for a rendition of the song Glory, which was the lead song in the movie Selma.

As the people in this crowd looked back on Dr. King's tragic death, they also looked forward to a future where people of all races come together as equals.

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