CLEVELAND – It was 48 years ago, on April 4, 1968, that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
Today, Clevelanders gathered to remember King and his fight for civil rights. The National Action Network of Greater Cleveland held its annual march in King’s memory. The march stepped off from the corner of Cleveland’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.
There will be a wreath laying service and moment of silence outside room 306 to remember King. Reverend Jesse Jackson and Reverend Alvin O’Neal Jackson are scheduled to speak. The public is invited on a tour of the historic hotel featuring exhibits highlighting the legendary music that played a role in King’s movement.
King was born in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. During his life King led sit-ins and marches in the name of non-violence to stand up for civil liberties for everyone. One of his many notable accomplishments was founding the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which he became the president of.
By the age of 35, King became the youngest man ever to be awarded the Nobel PeacePRIZE. Immediately after the announcement, King said he would hand the $54,123 prize money over to the civil rights movement.
“The end of violence or the aftermath of violence is bitterness. The aftermath of nonviolence is reconciliation and the creation of a beloved community. A boycott is never an end within itself. It is merely a means to awaken a sense of shame within the oppressor but the end is reconciliation, the end is redemption,” said King on the power of nonviolence in 1957.
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