Atlanta To Memphis: A Walk To Mark 50 Years Since King Assassination

Walk To End April 4 At Historic Lorraine Motel

Maria Boynton
March 02, 2018 - 3:52 pm

The Center for Civil and Human Rights is partnering with the organization Love Beyond Walls to launch "Map 18" or the March against Poverty 2018. The Center will serve as the kickoff location Saturday, March 3, 2018, when Love Beyond Walls founder and Executive Director Terence Lester sets off on an almost 400 miles trek to Memphis, Tennessee.  Lester says he will walk the 386 miles from the Center to the historic Lorraine Motel where Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Lester says  "this will commemorate the last stance that Dr. King took, which was a stance against poverty in this country." King was in Memphis to show solidarity with striking sanitation workers when he was struck down by a sniper's bullet.

The official sendoff for Lester is 6:00 p.m. Saturday, March 3rd from the Center.  “This march", says Lester, "is a testament to the legacy of Dr. King and to shed light on the millions of people across the nation from all walks of life and nationalities who experience the harsh realities of homelessness and poverty. It is time for the next generation to pick up the baton and we are on the front lines to leading the charge."