Bells across the nation toll 39 times to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

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source: CNN News
published: 5 April 2018

Crowds grew silent Wednesday evening as bells rang out 39 times in Atlanta and Memphis, Tennessee, to mark the age of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the time of his assassination.

Cities across the United States honored King with ceremonies and performances, as well as reflections on what today’s civil rights advocates can do to carry forward his legacy 50 years after his death.

Speakers challenged listeners to push for justice and equality, as they expect King would have today.

King’s eldest son, Martin III, said that recent movements, including Black Lives Matter, #MeToo and the campaign against gun violence, led by students who survived a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, give him hope.

“I think that Dad and Mom would be very proud to see this group exists,” he said of the youth activism.

King’s youngest child, Bernice, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that her father would be making connections with these movements, ensuring they got what they needed in terms of planning and organizational strategy.

Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington’s nonvoting delegate to Congress, said at a wreath-laying ceremony at his memorial near the National Mall that King would want people to focus on the “here and now.”

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