Martin Luther King, Jr. bridge honors dream 50 years after assassination

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It’s a common thought– what would Dr. Martin Luther King Junior think of America in 2018?

“I think we’ve come a long ways,” Richard Anderson said.

“This is clearly not the Promise Land [King] envisioned when he said he’d been to the mountain top,” Rev. Bill McGill said. “He would still be saying press on, march on.”

And march on this group did. Dozens of people braved the unseasonal cold to take a short walk from the Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Bridge in Downtown Fort Wayne to Freimann Square Wednesday to mark 50 years since the shooting death of MLK Jr.

The goal, like every year, is to remember Dr. King, discuss how far we’ve come, and find ways to get even further.

“Discrimination has no place here, and it never did,” Ben Schoch said.

Some at the event talked about current events– things from mass shootings to the role social media plays in our lives.

“Hate isn’t the overpowering force here,” Grant Walmer said.

Richard Anderson remembers this day 50 years ago.

“We were very very sad that day,” he said. “A lot of anger.”

Today there’s hope.

“Tonight we’re setting the tone that there are still people committed to letting freedom ring,” McGill said.

The walk took place at 7:01 p.m. the minute King died.

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