Guardian journalists report live from events to mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s death, held to remember his message of equality

Bernice King had just turned five years old when her father was assassinated. The Guardian’s Ed Pilkington spoke to King about the state of activism and inequality in the US and what her family faced in the aftermath of her father’s death.

She recalls very little of that day, 4 April 1968. It was a week after her fifth birthday, and when the TV networks began to carry news that her father had been shot in Memphis she was drifting off to sleep.

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Good morning.

On this day in 1968, the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

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