Memorial tree grove honors Martin Luther King Jr on 50th anniversary of assassination

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Hundreds of people commemorated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in Baldwin Hills as the 50th anniversary of his assassination nears. (KABC)

Hundreds of people commemorated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in Baldwin Hills as the 50th anniversary of his assassination nears.

They attended a special dedication ceremony for a memorial tree grove in the civil rights leaders honor Saturday afternoon. The tree is located at the highest point of the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

It features a monument inscribed with some of King's most inspiring words.

"He was a heroic activist and at just 39 years of age, Dr. King accomplished more than most of us could imagine achieving in a lifetime," L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said.

The site will become a highlight of the 13-mile Park to Playa Trail that is currently under construction. It will connect the beach to Baldwin Hills by 2020.
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