Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. 51 years after his assassination

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Memorials are being held across Memphis, Tennessee Thursday to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The civil rights leader, famously known for his moving “I Have A Dream” speech,” was shot at 6:01 p.m. while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968.

The 39-year-old reverend was rushed to a hospital where he died.

The Lorraine Motel has been memorialized and is home to the National Civil Rights Museum.

Each year, a moment of silence is held there at 6:01 to commemorate Dr. King.

MLK colleagues, Rev. James Lawson and Rev. Jesse Jackson will participate in events in Memphis remembering his legacy.

The events are free and open to the public.

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