Date Released: January 3, 2018


 In the 50th year since Martin Luther King Jr.’s untimely death in Memphis, Tenn., Morehouse College will spend a month remembering the civil rights icon with a line-up of special events to honor King’s memory.

From a speech by renowned education leader Marian Wright Edelman, to a day of service around metro Atlanta and a candlelight vigil, each event will speak to the legacy of King, an Atlanta native who entered Morehouse College at the age of 15 and graduated in 1948.

“This year, we commemorate Dr. King 50 years after his death. Because Morehouse played such a prominent role in the early formation of Dr. King’s intellectual and ethical ideals, the national observance takes on even greater meaning for us at the College,” says Vicki Crawford, the King Collection’s executive director.

“As we reflect on his powerful legacy, it is quite apparent that the global leader remains as relevant today as during his lifetime,” Crawford added. “Now, more than ever, we honor Dr. King by strengthening our commitment to peace and justice in the world. At Morehouse, we embrace Dr. King’s vision and values as we remain dedicated to the College’s mission of educating young men of transformational leadership and service.”   

The list of events includes:

  • Saturday, Jan. 6 – Martin Luther Jr. 50th Anniversary Exhibition Opening, National Center for Civil and Human Rights,
  • Sunday, Jan. 14 – Community-Wide Interfaith Candlelight Vigil, Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 15 – Bonner Day of Service, sites across Atlanta, 8 a.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Crown Forum, Speaker: Dr. Lewis Baldwin, Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 24 – Martin Luther King Jr. Collection Lecture and Conversation Series, Speaker: Marian Wright Edelman, president/founder, Children’s Defense Fund, Emma and Joe Adams Concert Hall, Ray Charles Performing Arts Center, 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 25 – Martin Luther King Jr. Crown Forum, Speaker: The Rev. Ernest Brooks ’95, Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 30 – Viewing of Martin Luther King Jr. Collection Documents, Archives Research Center, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 31 – Literary Salon, Discussion of King’s Book “The Trumpet of Conscience,” 5 p.m.

The Morehouse College events are free and open to the public. For more information about each event, go to


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