50 years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a man of strength, leadership and courage was executed in Memphis Tennessee. He was an amazing orator, Baptist minister, adoring father, activist an an incredible husband who became most visible spokesperson and icon in the civil rights movement from 1954 until April 4, 1968.
In 1991 the National Civil Rights Museum was opened honoring him in the location where King was assassinated at the former Lorraine Motel.
The goal of the Museum was to provide historical archives for the work King did during his lifes work as well as honoring other historical events that took place.
According to CNN, Crowds grew silent Wednesday as bells rang out 39 times in Atlanta, Georgia and Memphis, Tennessee, for the age the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was at the time of his assassination.
Cities across the United States honored King with ceremonies and performances, as well as reflections on what today’s civil rights advocates can do to carry forward his legacy 50 years after his death.
peakers challenged listeners to push for justice and equality, as they expect King would have today. And King’s son, Martin III, said that movements, including Black Lives Matter and the movement against gun violence led by students who survived a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, give him hope.
“If even then, the future — not the past — was what made us a movement, I believe we carry on the King tradition best by focusing on the here and now as King did as he led the civil rights movement,” Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington’s nonvoting delegate to Congress, said just after noon at a wreath-laying ceremony at his memorial near the National Mall.
King’s youngest child, Bernice, said he would be excited about some of today’s movements, including Black Lives Matter, efforts to quell gun violence and #MeToo campaigns against abuse of women, she told CNN.
“I’m sure that he would be making connections with these movements to make sure that they had what they needed in terms of understanding organizational strategy and planning so that they could bring about effective change,” Bernice King, now 55, told Wolf Blitzer.
50 years ago today, I learned the painful news that my friend, my mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated in Memphis, TN. He was my brother, my leader–that day it felt like something died in all of us. pic.twitter.com/WkjkxJvXTC
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) April 4, 2018
The most authentic way to honor my father is to commit to the work of creating a more peaceful, just, humane world. Let quotes coincide with conscious efforts to eradicate poverty, militarism and racism (privilege + power = oppressive policies + culture). #MLK50Forward #MLK pic.twitter.com/exUAp1E68q
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) April 4, 2018