Group of teenagers begins 50-mile trek in honor of MLK
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A group of teenagers on Saturday took the first steps on their 50-mile march to Memphis in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

The group of six teenagers, who range in age from 14 to 19, is walking from Northern Mississippi to Memphis, Tenn., on the 50th anniversary of King's assassination, along with two adult mentors, according to CBS News.

They will reportedly be accompanied by a police escort, and plan to walk between 10 and 15 miles daily, discussing civil rights and race issues along the way, before arriving in Memphis on Wednesday. They will take part in memorial activities at the National Civil Rights Museum, which is located at the spot of the motel where King was shot on a balcony in 1968, according to the report.

Damonte Steele, a 15-year-old participant, told the news outlet that part of the group's aim was to demonstrate the power of diverse groups. Five of the teens participating are black, and one is white. 

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"It's a way to show people that you can have friendships with different people of different backgrounds, different races, on all levels," Steele told a local CBS affiliate.

Jarvis Ward, one of the group's two adult mentors and president of a community service organization in Pearl, Miss., told the news outlet that the group wants to honor King and continue his legacy.

"Our hope is to not only honor all that Dr. King achieved, but to be part of continuing his work," Ward said. "We want to show how racial justice, economic justice and racial reconciliation can be advanced in and by the next generation." 

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