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Minn. church leaders gather on 45th anniversary of MLK's assassination

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

On the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a group of Minnesota African American faith leaders and members of their congregations are rallying at the Capitol from 10-11:00 a.m.

ISAIAH, a non-profit coalition of over 100 congregations from various sects all over the state is leading the event, and expects a crowd of at least 200 participants.

Those in attendance will tell their own stories and discuss plans for a brighter future.

"Our elected leaders have a tremendous responsibility and opportunity to work towards building a state that honors the sacredness and affirms the dignity of every Minnesotan," Rev. Paul Slack, Pastor at New Creation Church in Minneapolis and President of ISAIAH said. "As African American people of faith, we will uphold our proud historic and prophetic tradition of answering the call to right injustice."

Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed by James Earl Ray at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., April 4, 1968.

More about ISAIAH: http://isaiahmn.org/

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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