People across the nation are remembering a dark day in American history.
44 years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Junior was shot and killed In Memphis, Tennessee.
Here in Roanoke, people gathered to remember Dr. King and his contributions.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference organized the event.
Community actvisit Jeff Artis spoke during the tribute.
As a teacher, he says it's important for people to know about Dr. King and how he fought for change using non-violence.
Artis told the crowd he was only 11 when he heard the news about Dr. King's assassination.
He remembers being angry and wanting to beat someone up but then his mom reminded him of Dr. King's nonviolent message.