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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King's death 50 years later

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Fifty years ago today, a single gunshot rang out at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. It forever changed history. Thousands of people are gathering today to remember the death of Dr. Martin Luther King and the impact that his death had on our nation.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. King sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest.

The Martin Luther King holiday commission hosted their own memorial ceremony in Pueblo today at the statue of Dr. King and Emmett Till, near the former Martin Luther King Jr. Heritage Center and Museum.

Ray Brown, the president of the board of directors for the commission, made a point to read the entirety of Dr. King's last speech : "I've Been to the Mountaintop."

"(People) listening for those key words: I have a dream, I've been to the mountaintop, they sometimes miss the remainder of what he has to say," Brown added. 

Here in the Spring's, the NAACP held a rally to observe Dr. King's legacy at Acacia Park starting at noon at "Uncle Wilber's Fountain," the rally featured a variety of guest speakers and faith leaders from the area.

"We're here today answering what was an unanswered and still lifting up issues that he fought and died for: economic justice, criminal justice and freedom and justice for all people in this country," said Rosemary Lytle, president of the NAACP State Conference.

The group is recommitting to Dr. King's principles of peace, nonviolence, social justice and love for all humankind.

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