We Kept On Going

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The last march. Photographer unknown.

An unfathomable 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination - yes we remember it - workers, protesters, and social justice advocates led by the stalwart likes of Rev. Dr. William Barber and his new Poor People's Campaign continue to fight King's fights in Memphis and across the country with a requisite endurance both disheartening and uplifting. They do so, notes Jesse Jackson, in the name of an often whitewashed radical agenda - “They loved him as a martyr after he was killed but rejected him as a marcher when he was alive” - that continues to render King "a universal frame of reference for moral authority." For a sense of a loss still raw and a resolve still strong, see the sanitation workers of 1968 and the kids they dragged to hear King's final, prescient mountaintop speech tearfully recall for The Root the time when "everything went dark," and they persisted. "We stood the ground, and we kept on marching," says one. "We kept on going."

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Kids in Memphis. Getty Images

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Also Memphis. Photo by Brendan Dill

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