LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., on the steps of Arkansas' State Capitol, a reenactment of a very dramatic day in the state's history.
It happened 44 years ago, and was a show of solidarity after the shocking death of Dr. King (April 4, 1968) when Governor Winthrop Rockefeller, despite putting his political future in peril, locked arms with African American ministers from Arkansas.
It was an act of healing for a state that had become tense over the asassination.
The observance tomorrow of the dramatic day, will feature speeches from past state officials, current lawmakers, and civil rights workers of the past.
One of those is Sonny Walker, who actually stood on the capitol steps with Governor Rockefeller. He would later head up the office of economic opportunity, becoming the first black cabinet member of a souther governor.