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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. honored 50 years after assassination

"That was very clear in his writings from the early 1950s, long before he became a civil rights leader, at least several years before that, before he moved to Montgomery, he was already talking about dealing with unemployment, slums, economic insecurity", Dr. Clayborne Carson, the founding director of Stanford's King Institute, told CNN. Hundreds of people gathered at the headquarters of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, where they chanted, banged drums and held signs saying "I Am" - one of the slogans for events surrounding the anniversary of King's death.

Political figures, relatives, activists and celebrities paid tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. He renounced his segregationist views in later years. Memphis Police estimated a crowd of as many as 10,000 people.

Now lionized for his heroic campaigns against racism and segregation, King was a controversial, radical activist who with a mantra of non-violence also ardently campaigned against poverty, income equality and U.S. wars overseas.

The marchers included Martin Luther King III, Al Sharpton, Bernie Sanders and Andrew Young.

"They were sick and exhausted of being sick and exhausted", he said, quoting civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer.

The president has been the target of veiled criticism by some speakers at King commemorations in recent days as they complained of fraught race relations and other divisions. "The task is unfinished".

The next day, King was killed on the balcony in front of Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel. Events are planned around the United States on Wednesday to commemorate the somber anniversary.

Trump proclaimed the anniversary as a day to honor King.

King's death also helped precipitate the rise of the Black Power movement, Reed said.

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On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s last speech, some students in the USA are poring over his message and asking: What has really changed since?

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Others were assembling in Atlanta, where King's daughter the Rev. Bernice A. King moderated an awards ceremony in his honor.

Ferencz, who recently turned 99, prosecuted Nazi war crimes.

The King assassination was one of the most earth-shattering events of the time. The Little Rock Nine were 15 and 16 years old. She's retired from the department of Veterans Affairs. "We are a site where history happened, so you can go out in the courtyard and you know you are standing in the same place where Dr. King and Jesse Jackson, Ralph Abernathy and Andrew Young, all stood".

"I find it interesting and fascinating that where ever he was geographical, because of who he was, what he said, what he did, and what he represented, people try so hard to hold on to that", said Baker.

But it's more hard to deal with now, she says, "primarily because we have circled back to where we may have been 50 years ago as far as what's just and right for God's people - all of God's people, and not just a selected few".

He said that the choice, ultimately, was "between nonviolence or nonexistence". Culp and Cosby were trying to give us instructions on how to carry ourselves and enact King's dream of being nonviolent.

In a tweet, Valerie Jarrett who served as senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, wrote about King's final speech and what it means to those who follow in his footsteps. A moving orator, King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington in 1963. Congress passed the law within two weeks of King's death.

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