Thursday marks 51 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated.
In our News 8 Archives segment, we found footage from five days after his death, April 9, 1968, when people poured into the streets for Dr. King’s funeral.
King’s death sparked a national outcry and the huge march in Rochester. In an age before social media and other online tools to get people to rally together, thousands of people gathered and walked together in a silent procession, beginning on Troup Street, crossing the Court Street bridge, and then to the Civic Center Plaza in downtown Rochester.
The march was followed by a memorial service. Many were still brought to tears by King’s murder just days earlier.