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The King Center Announces Free Events Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By: Amanda Cooper

March 29, 2018 - 6:08 pm

April 4th, 2018 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and The King Center plans to lead the nation and the world in commemorating the anniversary. In a press release, Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and Daughter of Dr. King, shared her thoughts about her father and his memory.  

“My father demonstrated his love for this country by striving to bring about the nonviolent social change needed for America to reach its full potential as a nation committed to justice and equality for all,” says Rev. Bernice King. “Today as we reflect on his life and work we are reminded that as citizens of the world we all have a part to play in creating the ‘Beloved Community.’ In his memory we are all called upon to rededicate ourselves to elimination of the triple evils of racism, poverty and militarism.”

WAOK and V-103 will be broadcasting live from the King Center on April 4. Listen live as we will bring you the ringing of the church bells live at 7:01 pm.

The majority of The King Center’s MLK50 Forward events is free and open to the public beginning on April 2nd in Memphis, TN and ending April 9th in Atlanta, GA. Listed below is a weekly overview of the commemorative events.



Monday, April 2                   National Civil Rights Museum                                        3:30 p.m. CST

Dr. Bernice A. King and a select group of ministers and special guests will embark upon a special Delta Air Lines chartered flight to Memphis. While there, the group will take a special guided tour of the National Civil Rights Museum (Lorraine Motel). *Private flight leaves from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport approximately @ 1 p.m. EST.


Monday, April 2                   Clayborn Temple                                                             6:00 p.m. CST

Dr. Bernice A. King and special guests will dine at Clayborn Temple with a program to follow commemorating Dr. King’s assassination.


Tuesday, April 3                 Mason Temple                                                                     7:00 p.m. CST

Dr. Bernice A. King and special guests gather to remember Dr. King’s last speech delivered on April 3, 1968, at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee.




Wednesday, April 4            King Center / Yolanda D. King Theatre for The Performing Arts          10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize is The King Center’s highest award is presented for commitment to nonviolence as a way of life through which social justice, human rights and civil liberties are attained for all. The 2018 Peace Prize Award Ceremony honors lawyers Benjamin Ferencz and Bryan Stevenson. Moderated by Rev. Bernice A. King and Atlanta’s legendary news anchor Monica Pearson.


Wednesday, April 4            Ebenezer Baptist Church / MLK Community Center                     Noon

 Peace Prize Luncheon *Honorees and special guests invited


Wednesday, April 4            King Center / Crypt of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.           7:01 p.m.  EST

Global Bell Ringing & King Family Wreath laying at the time of Dr. King’s assassination 50 years ago.


Saturday, April 7                 Georgia Freight Depot                                    11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST

King Centennial Speaks: The Centennial Generation of “King Children,” Miss Yolanda Renee King, Granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and Miss Maryn Rippy, Granddaughter of A.D. King, hosts youth from all over the world who have done extraordinary work for humanity. Ages 2 -13 welcomed. ABC’s Hudson Yang of Fresh off the Boat to Emcee. 

*Please register to attend at


Monday, April 9                   Memorial Service/ Historic Ebenezer                                10:30 a.m. EST

In 1968 the world mourned the loss of a true American hero who dedicated his life to helping others. Fifty years later we commemorate his passing by gathering in the same sanctuary to reflect on his life as a Drum Major for Peace, Justice and Righteousness and to rededicate ourselves to moving his Dream Forward.

*Private invitation only


Monday, April 9                   March for Humanity                                                           12:00 p.m. EST

Thousands will gather at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church for a March for Humanity & Love for Humanity Rally.  The march will start on Jackson Ave. and end at the Georgia State Capitol, Liberty Park Plaza with a Love for Humanity Rally.  *Please register to walk


For more detailed information on all MLK50Forward events please visit   Follow on social media @TheKingCenter | #MLK50Forward.