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Watch: 50 Years Later, Charlotte-Area Activists Reflect on Martin Luther King's Death

Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. King was originally scheduled to be in Charlotte on that fateful day but he decided to stay in Memphis to help striking sanitation workers. 

As part of remembering Dr. King, we speak to Mint Hill resident, Rev. Jesse Douglas Sr., 88, who marched with King and considered him a personal friend, as well as Civil Rights attorney Charles Jones, and the Rev. Brenda Stevenson, about their reflections on the aftermath of King's death. 

In the early sixties, Douglas was president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, where he helped plan King’s historic Selma-to-Montgomery march for voting rights.