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April 4 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Published: Apr. 4, 2018 at 5:54 AM EDT
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It was 50 years ago on April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

The civil rights leaders was 39-years-old when James Earl Ray shot him as he was standing on his balcony at the Lorraine Hotel on this day in history.

A sanitation workers' strike brought Dr. King to Memphis.Thousands of people are expected to go there to celebrate his life and reflect on the legacy he left behind.

Events are also taking place throughout the country, including a symbolic funeral procession in Miami and a rally in Washington D.C. dubbed "an act to end racism."

There's also events marking the 50th anniversary of King's death here in mid-Michigan.

Starting at 11 o'clock there will be luncheon at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing where Dr. Robert Green will talk about King's message of peace.

Green worked with King in the 1960's as the education director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

After that, the MSU Black Student Association will be commemorating the first MLK assassination march starting at the Sparty Statue on campus at 2:30 this afternoon.

- Wednesday, April 4th, 11 am - 2 pm at the Kellogg Center: Dr. King's Message of Utilizing Peaceful Persistence to Overcome Fear in the Fight for Social Justice: An Interactive Conversation with Dr. Robert L. Green

- Wednesday, April 4th 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - MSU Student Union, BSA: Commemoration of the First MSU MLK Assassination Protest March

- Wednesday April 4th, from 4:30-5 p.m., MSU's Black Student Association will have a commemorative march at MSU led by Dr. Robert L. Green. Dr. Green lead the first march the day after Martin Luther King's assassination at MSU 50 years ago.

These events are free and open to the public.