Wreath laying in honor of Dr. King's legacy


Thursday evening people from all over the Mid-South and the country gathered at the National Civil Rights Museum to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy.

Each year they lay a wreath where Dr. King was killed, solemn ground on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

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"Today I stand in a place where I thought I might never stand," said Pastor Keith Norman. "Today I pay homage to one who inspired me."

A large crowd gathered in the rain outside the NCRM to honor the Civil Rights icon's life and legacy.

"I come every year to remember what he stood for all of the good that he has done for this community," said one woman. "It's on his shoulders that I stand and I'm able to do the things that I'm doing is because of him because of the doors he opened."

The night of reflection and remembrance was one of many Memphis events honoring Dr. King.

Labor unions marched downtown earlier in the day. In April 1968 came to Memphis to support the striking sanitation workers. His son traveled to Memphis to continue the fight for workers' rights.

"It's crazy that now the workers are being mistreated 45 years after, 45 years after my father's death, this particular day," said Martin Luther King III.
They're marching because there's more work to be done.

"If you've got a union, you've got a voice," said Terry Marshall of the UAW.

The U.S. Postal Service chose the day to unveil locally two new stamps commemorating the Civil Rights movement. City leaders were there to show off the new Forever stamps honoring the Emancipation Proclamation and Rosa Parks. Later this year they'll release another stamp honoring Dr. King's march on Washington.

At the NCRM members of Alpha Phi Alpha, Dr. King's fraternity, honored their fallen brother with a wreath. Families huddled in the cold reflecting on what he accomplished, and realizing there's more work to be done to accomplish his dream.

"I have hope that this dream is still alive because you can kill dreamers, but you can't kill dreams," Pastor Norman said.

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