Admirers mourn King, pledge to carry on unfinished work

Fifty years after a shot killed the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, liberty rang from the balcony of the Lorraine Motel as a buzzer tolled 39 periods to mark a life cut short by racism.

Admirers grateful for the civil right icon’s life and legacy mourned his loss Wednesday and pledged to carry on his unfinished work to end racial injustice and economic inequality

The Rev. James Lawson resulted thousands of people in a procession in Memphis and told more progress is needed toward King’s goal of equality for all.

Speaking in King’s hometown of Atlanta, the Rev. Bernice King recalled her father as a great orator whose message of peaceful protest was still vital decades later.

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