Dozens in Tippecanoe County march in honor Dr. King's life and legacy

Many gathered in Tippecanoe County to remember the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Junior. The civil rights leader was assassinated 50 years ago Wednesday.

Posted: Apr 4, 2018 11:38 PM
Updated: Apr 12, 2018 3:25 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Many gathered in Tippecanoe County to remember the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Junior. The civil rights leader was assassinated 50 years ago Wednesday.

Wednesday marked 50 years since Dr. King was killed. To remember him, many in Tippecanoe County walked and marched.

"There was a lot of emotions. I held them back because I'm more on the not emotional sadness but the emotions that we are free, we have freedom, we have rights and we can practice those rights," said Tiffany King.

During the march, there was a mix of emotions and a range of all ages participated. Some marchers chanted while others smiled.

"Today was awesome because the children have come an opportunity to be able to have rights that we didn't have back then," said King.

Some marched hand in hand, while others held signs firmly down the Lafayette streets.

The sidewalk march started at the Hanna Community Center and ended at the Tippecanoe County Library on South Street. Afterwards, speakers shared their personal memories when they heard the news of Dr. King's assassination back in 1968.

"I try to identify with where things were then, we've come a long ways but there's still a long way to go," said Willie Mae Johnson.

Prayers and poems were read in remembrance of Dr. King.

Then at 6:01 p.m., the exact time when Dr. King was assassinated, many listened as bells were rung. Heads then bowed during a moment of silence.

"I was just inspired because maybe the work from all of my life was worth something," said Johnson.

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