Martin Luther King remembered 50 years after his assassination

Martin Luther King remembered 50 years after his assassination

Retired College of DuPage administrator Ernie Gibson, Ph.D., shares remembrances of his friend the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during a recent program marking the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Many people celebrated his life and legacy across western NY.

Freedom really doesn't exist until all people are free. "A dream to see that our families grow up in a safe productive manner in this great country of ours", Delores Chatman said. "We need to keep his memory alive". "We have a fairly out-sized number of bi-racial people, so he spoke to all of that, and how we should respect each other", said Ducksworth-Lawton. "The handsome faces of children - black, white, Hispanic, Indian - gathered today on one accord". Some say it's still a struggle today.

"We made a decision to start this day remembering the apostle of nonviolence", she said during a ceremony to award a prize named for her father.

Religious leaders, government officials and labor unions marched down Fillmore Avenue to reenact the "I Am a Man" sanitation strike, which led Dr. King to Memphis 50 years ago.

"I think that today. when gun violence is at an exceptional high. we should be reflecting on the principles of peace that Martin Luther King represented".

"When Dr. King was assassinated that was our defining moment", Dennard said.

People also gathered to celebrate his legacy in a multi faith service at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral.

"We will be launching this initiative to that young people can use nonviolence to resolve conflicts as the students, the high school students, are doing", he said, referring students from Parkland, Florida, and their push against gun violence following the deadly February 14 shooting at their school.

Some of the labor unions say they're still fighting for better benefits and pay.

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