Uplifting messages of hope mark anniversary of King's death - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andrew Douglas

Uplifting messages of hope mark anniversary of King's death

On a day that was cloudy and gloomy outside, feelings of hope and a bright future ahead were inside the hearts of many who came to Memphis.

Under dark and dreary skies, there were uplifting messages of recommitment to the life and legacy of Dr. King.

"Being here today was to send a signal of inspiration, a signal of hope. But also that there's still work to be done in the tradition of Dr. King," New Yorker George Gresham said. 

40 years ago it was a sanitation strike and march that brought Dr. King to Memphis. Friday, thousands marched from Memphis City Hall to the National Civil Rights Museum marking that anniversary and the assassination of Dr. King. 

At the sight of his assassination at what used to be the Lorraine Motel, the ringing of the bells and a moment of silence at the exact time when Dr. King was gunned down.

Friday it was King's children, Martin Luther and Bernice, urging a new fight on poverty. Speaking with a fire that seemed to have been passed down from their father.

"No one told any of us that our roads would be easy, but I know that our God...our God...our God did not bring any of us this far to leave us," King, III said. 

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