By Cherri Gregg 

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A group of faith and community leaders will walk across the Ben Franklin Bridge this morning in a gesture of peace — to commemorate the anniversary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.

The 7th annual Bridge Walk for Peace begins at the Philadelphia side of the Ben Franklin Bridge at 6 a.m. The group will walk across the bridge to its pinnacle, offer and prayer of peace and then return.

“It’s a way to recommit ourselves to the work for peace by crossing the bridge, recognizing that Dr. King had to cross many bridges over his life time to achieve peace in our society,” says Reverend David Brown.

Reverend Brown, of Arch Street United Methodist Church, is sponsoring the bridge walk along with Global Citizen, to bring attention to urban violence. He says people take the journey for many reasons:

“A lot of people cross the bridge because they are frustrated by their inability to do things for getting much needed peace in our community. Some people just do it to overcome some of the fears of heights and bridges that we sometimes need to overcome in order to solve some of the tough problem.”

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