Rev., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. A commemorative service to remember that dark day in American history will be held in Savannah, Georgia on Wednesday April 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the First African Missionary Baptist Church, Franklin Square. A coalition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Day Association, Inc., Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA), Emancipation Proclamation Association, and the Savannah Baptist Ministers Union is sponsoring the commemorative service.
Ecumenical prayers will be offered by representatives of Savannah’s interfaith community. Winners of the MLK, Jr. Observance Day Association’s Essay Contest will read their essays on Dr. King. At 7:01 pm the service will pause while the church bell will be tolled 39 times to acknowledge the moment and age of Dr. King when he was assassinated on April 4, 1968. All churches in the community with bells are asked to join in this demonstration of unity in remembering the exact time that Dr. King was shot on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
The keynote speaker for the service will be Statesboro Attorney Rev. Francys Johnson, Esq. Rev. Johnson is the Senior Pastor of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Pembroke, Georgia and former President of the Georgia NAACP. He is currently a candidate for Georgia’s 12th Congressional District. The Emancipation Day Mass Choir will provide music for the service.
The public is encouraged to attend this commemorative service to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the outstanding world leaders of the 20th century. For further information contact the office of the MLK, Jr. Observance Day Association at (912) 234-5502.