Dallas residents honor MLK on fiftieth anniversary of assassination

All across the country and in North Texas, Martin Luther King, Jr was honored on the fiftieth anniversary of his assassination.

At the Martin Luther King Community Center in South Dallas, attendees on Wednesday honored Dr. King with a pledge to continue fighting for equality and justice.

The group rang a bell at 6:01 p.m., the exact minute a bullet killed Dr. King Jr. 50 years ago at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

"He was making an impact in his world. He was making an impact in our communities,” said Kevin Crawford. “And understand that some people didn't want that to happen."

King's words boomed outside the MLK Jr. Community Center in South Dallas. Tributes were also performed.

Reverend Van Williams of Cedar Crest Cathedral charged the crowd to continue the fight for justice and equality.

"Ask Philando Castile. We cannot put our hands up. You can ask Terence Crutcher. We can't read a book. You can ask Keith Lamont. We can't even sit in our grandmother's backyard and you can ask Stefan Clark about that,” Williams told the crowd.

Maggie Johnson Glover says she's inspired by how Dr. King encouraged change through non-violent protests, showing love.

"I love how he spoke about justice and how it has to have love,” she said. “We have to have justice, and that's what's going to shift."

“Take a look at what's happened,” Crawford said. “We have a long way to go, but we've come a long way since then."