FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): It has been nearly 50 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On April 4th, 1968, the civil rights leader was shot and killed while standing on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 39 years old.
Sunday in Fort Wayne, about 150 people marched across the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge towards the First Presbyterian Church. The Journal Gazette reports Reverend Dr. C.T. Vivian delivered an address at the church sanctuary after the march.
Also on hand was Leroy Johnson. He was 15 years old during the assassination and lived in the same Memphis housing projects where the shooting occurred.
Today at the Kennedy King Memorial, the Kennedy-King Memorial Celebration event is scheduled to observe U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy’s historic Indianapolis speech on the night of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. Event features keynote speaker Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.