Rev. Jesse Jackson joins dozens at NCRM to remember MLK

The crowd at the NCRM (Source: WMC Action News 5)
The crowd at the NCRM (Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was killed in Memphis.

Forty-eight years later, the city held numerous events to remember and honor Dr. King.

"It's important because we cannot forget where we have come from," Frayser resident Deandre Brown said. "We have made some tremendous strides in our city, but if we don't remember things like this, we can't grow and go where we need to go."

Dr. King spent the last day of his life mostly at the Lorraine Motel, which is now part of the National Civil Rights Museum.

A moment of silence was held in Memphis at 6:01 p.m. April 2, 2016.

"I'm here today to commemorate what Dr. King did in the city by paying the ultimate sacrifice," said Sharon Reives, who was visiting from San Jose, California.

Among the many that made their way to the National Civil Rights Museum was Reverend Jesse Jackson, who stood alongside Dr. King at several freedom marches and was at the Lorraine Motel the day King was killed.

"He raised his head up, the bullet hit him and that was the end of his living," Jackson said.

A wreath laying ceremony was held outside the museum to honor King's life and a legacy that many say will live on forever.

"He has lived beyond the grave," Jackson said. "He is a force for good in the world. Dr. King today is a frame of reference for human rights and decency and dignity."

King's actions have spawned many to take civil rights into their own hands.

"There has been progress that has been made," Dawn Shoulders, who was visiting from Indianapolis, said.

Despite this, some think there is a long road ahead to freedom and non-violence.

"I wish that the youth today would pay attention to him with non-violence, especially with black on black crime," said Anthony Britton, who was visiting from Nashville.

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