I was actually in the military, and I had just came back from Vietnam the year before, and to know that we were halfway around the world fighting for somebody else's freedom when we had not attained our own freedom right here in this country and to this day we still haven't.
The next evening, while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, King was shot by James Earl Ray.
That continued for a century after President Lincoln freed the slaves, inspiring Dr. King to use words and peaceful deeds, not violence, to point out the continuing injustices to all Americans.
Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., a day of remembrance and of reflection about King's impact. Zellner told CNN he had been working with another famous civil rights leader, Fannie Lou Hamer, in MS when they heard the news.
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.
Too narrow a focus "makes it more complicated or hard to bring about the kind of change needed", Reed said. "We're going to redeem the soul of America, '" said Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.
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Tusk's chief executive Charlie Mayhew welcomed the "tough legislation" and said the "narrowly defined exemptions are pragmatic". Fish and Wildlife Service opened the door to some trophy hunters hoping to import the tusks of animals they kill overseas .
Activists and political observers have found many parallels between the protests led by the students who survived the shooting in Parkland, Florida - a February 14 massacre that killed 17 people - and King's quest for racial justice and social equality. He had traveled to Memphis to lead a march seeking safer working conditions and better wages for that city's striking sanitation workers.
Trump 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 made plain since he was elected.
In April 1963, King and the Southern Christian Leadership Council organized the Birmingham Campaign to protest segregation, which involved a series of sit-ins and marches.
Chenault died in prison in 1995 at age 44.
King jumped in a cab and delivered what's now known as his "Mountaintop" speech - a totally improvised speech that would be his last.
Booth said she thinks that modern organizers "are ready to take action, be engaged, but I think now, there is, by those who want to build a loving society, I think there is a rebuilding of the dream". "Because he gave his life, he was martyred, and then you remember all of the positive things that he left behind".