Chicagoans travel to Memphis for 50th anniversary of MLK assassination

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CHICAGO — A group of Chicagoans is traveling to Memphis this week to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

Chicago's connection to Dr. King runs deep. In 1966, he moved his family to a dingy apartment on Hamlin Avenue to demand fair housing. He led two marches into then all-white neighborhoods.

In the days following King’s murder, rioters in more than 100 cities took to the streets. Chicago's were among the worst hit, with West Side businesses torched and more fires sparked than firefighters could extinguish.

Police and the National Guard were called in, and Mayor Richard J. Daley issued his infamous order to shoot to kill arsonists and shoot to maim looters.

To this day, lots in the area remain vacant as the city and people across the nation take time to remember Dr. King who died at the age of 39.

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