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Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, their supporters and others motivated to march took to the streets of Birmingham to mark the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to remember the young people killed in Birmingham in recent weeks. 


"Its a shame that our young men are planning funerals as opposed to planning their futures," said Harry Turner, a minister.

The march began at city hall and ended at Kelly Ingram Park directly under Dr. King's statue Thursday.  The small group said a number of prayers and shared personal experiences about their interaction with King. They also spoke about how crime in the city has touched their lives. 

"Dr. Martin Luther King was out fighting and it was the least of these the young people.  We're talking about 50 years past.  My concern is 50 years forward," said Turner.  

Many are calling for change during the anniversary of King's assassination in Memphis on April 4, 1968.  Some concerned citizens urged parents to take more responsibility of their children to help curb violence. 

 

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