LADERA HEIGHTS (CBSLA) — Hundreds of civil rights and community leaders marched to the top of Kenneth Hahn Park to dedicate a memorial tree grove to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Saturday.
L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas marched alongside a pioneer in the civil rights movement, Reverend James M. Lawson, Jr. Lawson was a friend and teacher of Dr. King who was with him the day before he was assassinated.READ MORE: Santa Float Returns To Maple Avenue In Torrance
“This is our way of paying tribute to America’s most prominent drum major for peace,” Ridley-Thomas said.READ MORE: Zegras' Over-The-Net Flip Lifts Ducks Over Sabres, 2-0
Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968 but his message of freedom, equality and non-violence lives on.
“For me to be here and see this happening, trying to set a high mark, our standard ought to be high,” Lawson said.MORE NEWS: Omicron COVID-19 Variant In Southland Sparks Concern Over Winter Surge
Now, 50 years later, the memorial tree grove overlooking downtown Los Angeles, seeks to remember the legacy of a leader.