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: Man And Woman Shot To Death In Gardena
“This is our way of paying tribute to America’s most prominent drum major for peace,” Ridley-Thomas said.READ MORE: Local Doctors Flying Back From Super Bowl Save Woman's Life On Plane
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: Rally Held Outside LA Hall Of Justice To Recall District Attorney George Gascón
Now, 50 years later, the memorial tree grove overlooking downtown Los Angeles, seeks to remember the legacy of a leader.