March planned to remember civil rights leader

FILE -In this March 28, 1968 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rev. Ralph Abernathy, right, lead a march on behalf of striking Memphis, Tenn., sanitation workers. Forty-five years after Martin Luther King Jr. was killed supporting a historic sanitation workers strike in Memphis, the city�s garbage and trash collectors are fighting to hold on to jobs that some city leaders want to hand over to a private company. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Sam Melhorn, File)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- City officials have dedicated a portion of Beale Street in memory of sanitation workers, whose strike brought the late Martin Luther King Jr. to the city where he was assassinated.

The dedication of "1968 Strikers Lane" took place Thursday morning on the 45th anniversary of King's death.

King was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers strike when he was killed while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968.

After the street naming, participants began a march from the local headquarters of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees to the National Civil Rights Museum, which was built on the site of the old Lorraine Motel.

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