Events to commemorate 50th Anniversary of MLK Jr.’s assassination revealed Thursday

Lericia Harris
February 23, 2018 - 12:02 pm

(Photo Credit: Lericia Harris / Entercom Atlanta)

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Together we win with love for humanity - #MLK50FORWARD

Atlanta --- “It’s a re-visitation for me because as you can imagine - I didn’t have any earthly idea as to what was going on April 4th (1968).”

Those words from Dr. Bernice King who was just a preschooler when her father was assassinated. Now fifty years later, she’s hoping the events planned to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death will help the nation recommit to her father’s non-violent approach.    

“Daddy gave the vision,” says King. “He outlined the philosophy and methodology but it was the people who embraced it. So, I’m hoping that it will revolutionize our society…”  

Standing with a group of supporters and organizers assisting in the celebrations – Dr. King revealed the full list of events taking place to honor her father. Individuals and organizations around the world the globe will honor Dr. King on April 4, 2018 and throughout the year. 2018 also marks the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center). 

Events to honor Dr. King are below: 

January 15 - April 4: 50 Acts of Service or Kindness Campaign

Cross the cultural and racial divide by participating in service projects or commit acts of kindness that have a positive impact in your communities by pledging to participate on your own or with an existing project.  Joining the conversation by using the hashtag #MLK50Forward and #MLK50Kindness 

April 3 – 9: “Mountaintop Moments”

Around the world, people will reflect on their own “Mountaintop Moment” - like
Dr. King, and depict the future as they see it from their “mountaintops.” These “inspiramercials” (inspiring commercials) will be depicted through visual art, song, digital media, spoken word and more.

April 4: Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize Award Ceremony

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize is The King Center’s highest award presented for commitment to nonviolence as a way of life through which social justice, human rights and civil liberties are attained for all. 

April 4: Global Bell Ringing at 7:01pm (6:01 p.m. CST)

Starting at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN and The King Center in Atlanta, GA - bells across the country will ring 39 times in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.

April 5 – 7: Beloved Community Talks: A Special 50th Anniversary Edition

Conversations will be held to focus on addressing the “Triple Evils” Dr. King emphasized: poverty, racism, and war, featuring the world’s greatest public intellectuals, innovative thinkers, and global policy leaders. 

April 6 – 7: Global “Together We Win” Hackathon

A global call to young people to create new technological solutions to disrupt the cycle of poverty in order to reduce the wealth gap, in partnership with the world’s leading tech companies.

April 7: King Centennials Speak

The Centennial Generation of “King Children” host an event highlighting youth all over the world doing innovative and extraordinary work for humanity.

April 6 - 8: Global Faith Leaders Commemoration

A global call to faith leaders to commemorate Dr. King and his vision for change in weekend services.

April 9: Service and March for Humanity from Ebenezer to Morehouse

A multi-faith service followed by a march in Atlanta, Georgia commemorating the iconic funeral procession.

The complete list of events and additional information can be found on the MLK 50 Forward website.

(Photo Credit: Lericia Harris / Entercom Atlanta)