The gathering, held Sunday, was not only an opportunity to honor the ultimate sacrifice of the victims, but also to serve as a reminder that their work is not yet done. Standing in Freedom Place, a four-block stretch in Manhattan dedicated to the memory of the three, the Rev. Jacques DeGraff of the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem challenged the unlikely assembly to take further action to curb racism and bigotry.

“The question for each of us is, what are you doing today that will make a difference 50 years from now?”

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