Bridge walk to commemorate slain civil rights leader

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 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is seen here just prior to his final public appearance to address striking Memphis sanitation workers on April 4, 1968. King was assassinated later that day outside his motel room. (Charles Kelly/AP Photo)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is seen here just prior to his final public appearance to address striking Memphis sanitation workers on April 4, 1968. King was assassinated later that day outside his motel room. (Charles Kelly/AP Photo)

Members of many faith communities will take a walk early Friday morning as a call for peace in our region. 

Reverend David Brown of Arch Street United Methodist Church says he and many others will commemorate the 46th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King with a 6am walk to the apex of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

“We gather every year on April 4th at the foot of the Ben Franklin Bridge to offer a prayer for peace for the city. We’ve done this for the past seven years.”

Reverend Brown says the event brings a cross-section of people from the region together and that participants walk for many reasons.  Some “walk to recommit to peace” and some as a way to overcome their fear of heights.

It’s not an easy walk but we know the fight for peace is not easy either,” said Brown.

The event will end with a discussion at Old St George’s United Methodist Church in Old City about solutions for promoting peace in the community.

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