BOSTON (CBS) — Wednesday marks 50 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Boston, like many cities and towns across the country, has planned a special tribute to his life and legacy.

Governor Baker and other state leaders met on the State House steps for a ceremony and lower the state house flag at 10:30 a.m.

Baker said King was “simply an extraordinary man” who faced the troubles of the mid to late-1960’s with “oratory and pursuit of a high set of aspirations” that inspired.

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Gov. Baker speaks at a ceremony honor Martin Luther King Jr. Wednesday (WBZ-TV)

“That voice, that grace, that style. Clearly, we needed it then and we would be so better off if we had it now and that is why it is so important to remember.”

“I find it interesting and fascinating that where ever he was geographical, because of who he was, what he said, what he did, and what he represented, people try so hard to hold on to that,” said Baker. “I would sure like to think he learned a thing or two during his time here in Massachusetts.”

King received his doctorate at Boston University and met his wife during his time in the city.

Boston University will hold a prayer service on Wednesday evening to commemorate his death. The service will begin at 6 p.m. at Marsh Chapel.

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