Rain doesn't damper the spirits of recommitment marchers - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Rain doesn't damper the spirits of recommitment marchers

The rain didn't dampen the spirits of hundreds of people who packed the plaza at Memphis City Hall Friday afternoon.  

They came from around the country to show their commitment to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream.

A rally was held by the National Action Network, a group founded in 1991 by the Reverend Al Sharpton. 

Friday, Sharpton was joined by the King children - Dr. King's son Martin Luther King, III and daughter Bernice King, along with a long list of well known civil rights activists.

The gathering kicked off a recommitment march from Memphis City Hall to the National Civil Rights Museum.

Many people who attended were too young to march when Doctor King was in Memphis in 1968, but today they wanted to take part in a moment in history 40 years later.  A moment that unified races, genders and generations.  

"40 years later, we're ready to tell them you may have shot the dreamer but you cannot kill the dream," Rev. Al Sharpton said.

National Action Network attorney Michael Harding reflected on Dr. King as he told the crowd  that 40 years ago they could not save the dreamer but it's not too late to save the dream.

Sharpton held his National Action Network convention here in Memphis during the week.

It is the only time the convention has been held outside New York since the group's inception in '91.

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