Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy lives on many years later after his death. April 4, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the prominent civil rights leader’s assassination. As America prepared to remember MLK, the tragedy of his death would not overcome the celebration of his life’s greatest achievement.
King’s memory was celebrated and honored as bells rang 39 times across the nation for each year he lived.
As many of King’s peers stood together as the bells rang in Memphis, Tennessee, (where he was killed on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel); at the same time, Bernice King, the leader’s youngest daughter, rang a bell at her father’s gravesite in Atlanta.
Barack Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and other religious leaders encouraged listeners and supporters to embrace the teachings of MLK as they reflected on what they learned from the Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
“We owe it to Dr. King — and to our children and grandchildren — to commemorate the man in full: a radical, ecumenical, antiwar, pro-immigrant and scholarly champion of the poor who spent much more time marching and going to jail for liberation and justice than he ever spent dreaming about it,” said Rev. Jesse Jackson in an interview with the New York Times.
Jackson, alongside Andrew Young revisited the site of King’s assassination. Both men were with King at the hotel when he was gunned down and 50 years later are still torn up by what happened.
“The resurrection of the martyr is more powerful than the marcher,” Jackson said. “Martyrs cannot be arrested. Martyrs cannot be stoned. Martyrs cannot be shot. The resurrection cannot be contained by opinions. The resurrection is a very pervasive spirit… In marching, he was limited to finitude. In his martyrdom he is unlimited. He is infinite,“ said Jackson in a follow-up Interview with CNN.
We remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his impeccable legacy.
Written By: Plychette Montgomery