MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Monday, April 4 marks 48 years since Civil Rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King Junior was shot and killed at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.
In remembrance of his life, the National Civil Rights Museum will hold its annual April 4 Commemoration, a free community-focused observance of Dr. King's legacy.
The free public event will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the museum's courtyard, 450 Mulberry Street.
This year's program will include the changing of the wreath on the balcony of Room 306, where Dr. King last stood. It will also include a moment of silence at 6:01 p.m., the time the fatal shot was fired in April 1968.
This year's guest speaker is Rev. Alvin O' Neal Jackson of Park Avenue Christian Church in New York City. Rev. Jackson served as senior pastor of Memphis' Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church from 1979 until 1997.
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. is expected to be in Memphis for the commemoration observances and has been invited to give special remarks at the museum's afternoon program. Jackson was part of Dr. King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) staff and was at the Lorraine Motel when Dr. King was assassinated.
Key elected, community, and church leaders have also been invited to give remarks during the event.
Click here for details on the NCRM's upcoming event.