WASHINGTON, DC - Thousands assembled on the National Mall to celebrate the life of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, who was silenced by a assassin's bullet fifty years ago. Events were planned through out the day including speeches from celebrities, civil rights advocates, politicians, artists and students. DC mayor Muriel Bowser and DC congresswoman Elenor Holmes Norton laid a wreath that the MLK monument, singing "We shall overcome".
When the assassination of Dr. King was announced, rioters took to the streets in protest as DC slipped into chaos with parts of the city was burned down. Today, fifty years later, it was about reflection and gratitude, to a man who sacrificed so much for so many.