April 18, 2017
For Immediate Release
Media Contact For The King Center:
Carmen Luisa Coya- 404 408 2103
The King Center Leads the Nation and World in Commemorating the 50th Anniversaries of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassination and the Founding of the King Center
Theme For 2018 Commemorations:
MLK50 Foward: Together We Win With Love For Humanity
The King Center leads the nation and world in the global commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination and the commemoration of 50th anniversary of The King Center’s founding. Key organizations across the world, including the National Civil Rights Museum, are joining with The King Center to facilitate a year of ‘edutainment’ and empowerment designed to engage youth, students, families, faith communities, marketplace leaders and others in remembering Dr. King’s assassination. Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 at Memphis’ Lorraine Motel, which is now the home of the National Civil Rights Museum.
With MLK50 Forward: Together We Win with Love for Humanity as the global theme, The King Center will host a broad spectrum of events and initiatives in global commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination (April 4, 1968) and in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of The King Center’s founding (June 26, 1968). The Center’s intergenerational, interactive engagement with the international community will be closely aligned with the Center’s mission to prepare global citizens to create a more just, humane and peaceful world using Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy and methodology, which the Center calls Nonviolence 365™ or NV365™.
The Center will serve as the communication and planning hub for programs and initiatives. Organizations and individuals, across what Dr. King described as the “world house,” who are interested in providing volunteer or monetary support, and/or who wish to engage their local communities in the 2018 50th anniversary commemorations, should visit MLK50Forward.org. Toolkits will be provided to guide organizations and communities around the world in recognizing the assassination.
“Two weeks ago, we commemorated the 50th anniversary of my father’s prolific message, ‘Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,’ and the 49th anniversary of his assassination with special programs focused on the responsibility of faith leaders in building the Beloved Community. Even as we remembered these 2017 anniversaries, we were planning for the 2018 occasions to honor my parents, lift humanity, and encourage the work of justice,” shares Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center and youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and King Center founder, Coretta Scott King.
Dr. Bernice A. King continues, “2018 will be a reflective, yet…