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Cleveland communities remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50 year anniversary of his death

Posted at 11:47 AM, Apr 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-04 11:47:42-04

50 years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated as he stood on a motel balcony in Memphis. In the decades since, his name has become synonymous with the civil rights movement. 

The Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission, along with The King Center in Atlanta and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis are asking the public across the nation to pause at 7:10 p.m. for a moment of remembrance and reflection.

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Churches are also being asked to toll their bells 39 times marking Dr. King's age when he was killed.

To honor his legacy, a variety of local events are taking place in Cleveland.

Cory United Methodist Church 

Community members are organizing a march in honor of Dr. King's legacy. The church is asking people to line up at 4 p.m. at the corner of East 106th Street and Superior Avenue.

Church of Covenant

The bells will ring 39 times at 7:05 p.m. The commemoration will take place at The Alexander McGaffin Memorial Tower located at 11205 Euclid Avenue across from University Hospitals.

Garfield Memorial Church

There will be remembrance prayer and songs at the Garfield Memorial Church, 3650 Lander Road, Pepper Pike at 7 p.m.