Martin Luther King remembered across US: 'The pain just won't go away' – live

Photo of Martin Luther King remembered across US: 'The pain just won't go away' – live

Guardian journalists report live from events to mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s death, held to remember his message of equality

MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, a year-long reporting project focused on economic justice in Memphis, reported yesterday that fifty years after the sanitation workers’ strike and the assassination of King, white workers are still winning the job’s race.

A federal survey for 2015 shows that white workers hold a sizable majority of the higher-status and better-paying jobs among large, private employers in the Memphis metro area, though they represent only 43 percent of the overall workforce, according to the report.

The Guardian’s Washington DC bureau chief, David Smith, has sent his first dispatch from the commemorative events in the US capital.

In Washington a steady flow of people are visiting the Martin Luther King memorial, which stands 30 feet tall and is sculpted from 159 granite blocks, surrounded by some of his most enduring quotations. The anniversary coincides with the city’s brief cherry blossom season, adding an exquisite flurry of pink on a serene spring morning.

Note left at King memorial.

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