50 Year Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – April 4

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Wilmington 50 Year Commemoration Commission will hold an event on April 4, 2018 to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King and his commitment to promoting peace, social justice and reconciliation. The event will be held in the Williston Middle School gymnasium from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

“Wilmington played a special role in the events that occurred 50 years ago,” said Watson College professor Janna Robertson, a member of the MLK Commission. “Dr. King was scheduled to be in Wilmington on April 4, 1968, the day of his assassination. He was planning to hold a voter registration drive at Williston Senior High School, a model for education at the time and the pride of the city’s African-American community. Dr. King cancelled his trip to Wilmington and instead traveled to Memphis to show support for striking sanitation workers. As a community, we have come together to honor Dr. King’s legacy on the 50th anniversary of his tragic death.”

The event will feature speakers, music and the unveiling of a historical marker in Dr. King’s honor. New Hanover County students will also participate in a “View from the Mountaintop” essay contest, with winners acknowledged at the event.

The MLK and Wilmington 50 Year Commemoration is free and open to the public. For more information visit their website or Facebook event page.