Teens March 50 Miles To Memphis In Honor Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

They're walking one mile for each year without King.

Half a dozen teens put their feet to the pavement in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader's assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, six motivated teens took on the challenge of marching 50 miles from Dundee, Mississippi to Memphis.

In an act of solidarity, JaQuon Ohara, Damonte Steele, Cameron Allison, Davonta Pate, Raphael Williams and Benjamin Rutledge began marching along Highway 61 on Saturday. 


"King has changed a lot of viewpoints in America," Rutledge told The Associated Press. "I like doing events that challenge me and improve my character, and allow me to meet people too."

The group of six, plus two chaperones, is walking 50 miles with each mile representing one year since Dr. King's untimely death.

"Our hope is to not only honor all that Dr. King achieved, but to be part of continuing his work," Jarvis Ward, organizer of the march and president of Pearson Foundation stated.

Along the way, per CNN, the group is discussing civil rights, justice issues, model reconciliation, and healthy racial relations with the support of the two adult mentors on the trek with them. They also have police escort provided by the Pearl Police Department, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, and municipal and county law enforcement agencies.

After walking 10-15 miles per day, they take part in community meetings before they finish by settling down in local hotels.

On Tuesday, when they reach their destination, the teens will hold a youth rally before taking part in activities at the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the site of the former Lorraine Motel, on Wednesday.

The march's co-director told CNN that the teen's sense of purpose hasn't abated, despite their weariness:

"After 28 miles, they are certainly sore and tired with some blisters and worn ankles. But their spirits are high."

Cover image via Forty3Zero / Shutterstock.com

(H/T: CNN)


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