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Black and white teens to march 50 miles to Memphis to mark 50th anniversary of MLK assassination

PEARL, Miss.— An interracial group of young men will be taking part in a journey of reconciliation to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights champion Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Their 50-mile March to Memphis will take them from Dundee, Miss., to the city where Dr. King was killed on April 4, 1968, to join in commemorative events there.

Organized by The PEARSON Foundation, a faith-based mentoring and community service organization based in Pearl, Miss., the trek aims to teach participants more about civil rights and justice issues, and model reconciliation and healthy racial relations.

“Our hope is to not only honor all that Dr. King achieved, but to be part of continuing his work,” said PEARSON Foundation President Jarvis Ward. “We want to show how racial justice, economic justice and racial reconciliation can be advanced in and by the next generation.”

Setting out March 31,


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