Fifty years after the human rights leader was assassinated, people in his hometown of Atlanta remember how he affected them, often changing their lives.

Martin Luther King Jr died of an assassin's bullet in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968, ending his leadership of a non-violent campaign for equal rights for African Americans.
Martin Luther King Jr died of an assassin's bullet in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968, ending his leadership of a non-violent campaign for equal rights for African Americans. (AFP)

Benjamin Graham runs his store on Auburn avenue in Atlanta – just metres away from where Martin Luther King Jr used to live and work.

He has been running his establishment with his wife Tanya for four years now.

Benjamin was a drug addict 17 years ago, and he lived on the streets. But inspired by the civil rights leader, Benjamin decided to turn his life around.

TRT World's Jon Brain reports.

Source: TRT World