MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Rev. Jesse Jackson obtained the group going outdoors the Nationwide Civil Rights Museum on the 54th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s loss of life in Memphis.

“He life, he lives, he lives,” mentioned Jackson. “I am anyone.”

Jackson was on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel on the night of April 4, 1968, when King was assassinated. Monday, he also aided lay a new wreath exterior room 306.

The facade of the Lorraine Hotel was preserved and is now the Countrywide Civil Rights Museum.

Johnny Mosley

“It’s hallowed ground,” mentioned Johnny Mosley. Johnny Mosley’s dad, John White, was a Memphis sanitation employee for 52 yrs. He explained his father had by now been with the section for 16 a long time when Dr. King arrived to Memphis to assist the placing staff.

“I make it a position to arrive in this article since of my dad’s participation in the sanitation strike. Martin Luther King died although helping my father and his co-staff,” explained Mosley.

In 2020 and 2021, the Countrywide Civil Legal rights Museum was forced to maintain virtual ceremonies to commemorate King’s death thanks to the pandemic.

This calendar year, a hybrid ceremony was streamed stay on the museum’s web-site.

This yr, the Memphis Shelby County Wellness Office gave out various hundred tickets to the museum as portion of Countrywide Public Well being 7 days.

“The topic is racism as component of a public well being disaster,” mentioned Dr. Michelle Taylor. “We needed individuals to appear out and working experience this day and which is an essential part of Memphis historical past, and also expertise the museum due to the fact we know that what we master from record we won’t repeat.”

The Nationwide Civil Rights Museum posted a timeline of Dr. King’s very last 7 days on its site. You can also check out a part of “The Mountaintop” speech he sent at the Mason Temple in Memphis the night time in advance of he was killed.

To enjoy his speech and perspective the timeline, click correct listed here.