Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr, was just five years old when her father was killed. Today she helps honor her father on the 50th anniversary of his assassination with The King Center.
“For me, it is an opportunity to do some deeper healing,” King said in a press conference held in February. “I’ve had some difficult moments leading up to all of this planning. I have days where I’ve cried.”
The events started Wednesday, April 4th, the day Dr. King was killed. Across the United States, bells were rung 39 times marking the age he was when assassinated. Events honoring Dr. King will run until April 9th.
On April 5th through the 7th “Beloved Community Talks”, a 3-day conference will be held. One of the key notable speakers will be Mrs. Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund.
From April 6th through 7th, a Global “Together We Win” Hackathon will be held. The Global “Together We Win” Hackathon is a call for youth to create technological solutions to disrupt the cycle of poverty.
On the last day April 9th, a March for Humanity will take place. It will begin at noon at The Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and end at Morehouse College.
2018 also marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of The King Center. The late Coretta Scott King founded the organization following her husband’s death in 1968.