Rest in Power: VP Harris, US lawmakers remember Dr King on his death anniversary
- Dr Martin Luther King Jr was assasinated on April 4, 1968
- Vice President Kamala Harris spoke wrote his legacy and its relevance in today's world
- Former Vermont governor and a Washington representative also tweeted in his honour
While America is busy celebrating Easter Sunday, some are remembering the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr., who on April 4 1968 was assassinated in the city of Memphis, Tennesse by James Earl Ray. Many leaders of the US joined hands in honouring the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. and wrote about their learnings from his work. US Vice President Kamala Harris, who was one of many, tweeted about his fight for "racial and economic justice".
She wrote, "53 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was taken from us. A son of Georgia, Dr. King spent his life fighting for economic and racial justice. His legacy and vision endure as we continue the fight in our own time."
Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot in Memphis, the city where exactly 53 years later a case of gun violence was reported. According to the city's law enforcement authorities, a woman allegedly open fired at a window of a fast-food restaurant after arguing with a worker after she was told to wait for her order.
Other US lawmakers also pitched in to pay their respects to the renowned civil rights advocate. Former governor of Vermont, Peter Shumlin, a member of the Democratic Party wrote, "We must be guided by his enduring spirit and legacy in the ongoing fight towards equality."
Democratic US Representative Pramila Jayapal, who represents the seventh district of the northwestern state of Washington covering a major chunk of Seattle, urged increased efforts from the people of America in bending the "arc of the universe more quickly towards justice."
A huge number of Twitter users have hopped on the Dr Martin Luther King Jr bandwagon and are remembering his iconinc speech at the Lincon Memorial.
In August 1963, some 250,000 people gathered in front of the memorial to draw attention to inequalities faced by African Americans. It was when civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous "I have a dream" speech.