Reflecting on MLK’s legacy: Big Island residents remember assassination

Virginia Halliday, Jesse Fair and Larry Johnson (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
In this April 3, 1968 file photo, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stands with other civil rights leaders on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., a day before he was assassinated at approximately the same place. From left are Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King, and Ralph Abernathy. (AP Photo/Charles Kelly, File)
Clockwise from rear left, Nipsey Russell, Harry Belafonte, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King at an Alabama airport, 1963. (Ivan Massar/Take Stock/The Image Works/HBO)
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks on Jan. 1, 1960 in Washington D.C. King was tragically assassinated on April 4, 1968 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. (Keystone Pictures USA/Zuma Press/TNS)
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington. (AP Photo/File)
Sheriff William N. Morris Jr., escorts James Earl Ray into the Shelby County Jail in Memphis before dawn on July 19, 1968. Ray, who was protected by a bulletproof apron, had been extradited from London. (Shelby County Sheriff's Office)

KAILUA-KONA — Exactly 50 years ago, Dick Hershberger was on a cross-country train ride from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh when he learned that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.