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MLK Memories

4/4/2013, 11:09 a.m.

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the iconic civil rights leader who championed a non-violence approach to resolving societal ills.

The Washington Informer's readers and social media followers have been invited to submit recollections of what they were doing the moment they heard of Dr. King's death on April 4, 1968. Please forward your comments along with your name and contact information to: MLKmemories@washingtoninformer.com

Here are some responses:

Rudolph Brewington: "I'll just say that on that day, I was fighting in Vietnam for this country. I'll never forget that day 'til I close my eyes!"

Stan Stewart: "Growing up in Northwest D.C., I remembered seeing it on the news. And I'm saddened to say, I'd not heard of Dr. King, boycotts or curfews until after his death."

Marsha Beatrice Wallace Mayo: "I was two years old living in the projects of Southwest D.C. My only remembrance is stories I have heard over the years from my older siblings and other elders."

Linwood Watson: "I was in Vietnam."

Pat Faggett: "I was at work and nine months pregnant. I had to travel though Northwest D.C. to get home and the riots had just begun. I had never experienced anything like that before, or since."

Bernard Gaines: "I was six and traveled with mom in her car from my grandparents' house from 26th and Monroe streets, and saw three tanks at the church stationed in front of the church on South Dakota and Rhode Island avenues, before arriving on Hillside Road in Southeast. The 7- 11 store was 40 feet high in flames. We watched the news and prayed."