By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Members of the Philadelphia clergy will hold the Fifth Annual Bridge Walk for Peace tomorrow to make the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
It’s been 44 years since Dr. Martin Luther King was gunned down outside of a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Many say that tragic day changed America forever.
But, April 4th doesn’t have to be a day of sad remembrance, says walk organizer Reverend David W. Brown. Instead, he says it’s an opportunity to stand against violence and to further Dr. King’s legacy.
“People want to do something, they want a way to express their concern,” and he says an outlet for frustration sorely needed, especially in light of the death of Trayvon Martin.
“Trayvon’s tragic death, symbolizes a lot of things going on that are wrong in our community. The fact that we are still having the conversation about racial profiling, the fact that we still are not able to have our young men walk across the street without feeling like they are being threatened or viewed as a threat. The fact that we still have to have these marches here in 2012 shows how much work we still have to do.”
Brown says community members will meet on the Philadelphia side of the Ben Franklin Bridge Wednesday, April 4th at 6:00 a.m. to begin the walk, which will be followed by coffee and a discussion at Old Saint George’s United Methodist Church, 235 North 4th Street (beneath the Ben Franklin Bridge at 4th & New Streets) to discuss ways to work for peace.