Rev. Jesse Jackson remembers his final moments with Dr. King

It would not be forgettable. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. "We had no idea if we'd be injured, or even if we'd get there". This was one of my most exciting civil rights missions for social change.

"They had gone and broken into the apartment and taken her to the hospital", Carolyn said.

Memories from the past remain top of mind for Carolyn and Charles Champion.

Todd recalls arriving at school the next day knowing students would be ready to riot.

But Cornel West says, Mr Obama "manipulated a false consciousness"; in a country where black people are still killed on the streets at the hands of police "the cross was confused with the flag, moral greatness was confused with political success". She can't forget the murder of nine black churchgoers by a white supremacist in Charleston, S.C., "because it was one more in a series of events that made you wonder, is it ever going to stop?"

"Jail became a badge of honor, to say I went to jail for freedom, I went to jail for justice", Johnson said. He'd been making speeches that were dramatic, and his following was unbelievable. "For I was hungry, and you fed me not'".

An interview with Shaun King, a key figure in Black Lives Matter, will be highlighted and will show how Dr. King's legacy is still an inspiration and example of activism today.

"We're still fighting [against] racism", she said.

"We know because of our age and our health this will be the last time that we are in Memphis together, so this fiftieth anniversary is very special for me", Johnson said. "And I was brought up that way - to have a commitment to my community".

But it doesn't seem so long to Hendricks, Johnson and Nuru-Holm. As he grew up and learned about King, Finley said he came to suspect that assassin James Earl Ray didn't act alone.

The memorial commemoration at noon Wednesday also features a gospel choir from Columbus State Community College. So what we are saying is that the work of Dr. King is not over. "You take the scab off the sores, it's as raw as it was".

One of those kids at the March for Our Lives was King's nine-year-old granddaughter Yolanda Renee, who galvanized the crowd by recalling his most famous words. "These things need to be done over time, through the court system".

"Part of that is maturity, but a lot of it is the climate as it is now", she added.

On April 4 at 6:01 p.m., the museum will hold its annual wreath-laying ceremony, and a moment of silence, a ritual to which past presidents have been invited, but Donald Trump was not.

The violent death of Dr. King had caused the nation to explode with looting and rioting across the country.

Dyson says Dr King would be "as disappointed today".

  • Zachary Reyes