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Thousands Gather in DC to Mark 50th Anniversary of MLK Jr Assassination

Thousands have converged on Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including a morning silent march beginning at the MLK Jr. Memorial near the National Mall and an evening candlelight vigil.

There is minimal parking at the MLK Jr. Memorial and the Tidal Basin. The nearest Metro station to this site is Smithsonian at 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Allow about 10-15 minutes for the walk.

Events include the following:

Morning Rally and March

7:00 am, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, 1964 Independence Ave, Washington, DC: Robert Miranda performs at 50th anniversary of MLK’s assassination - Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, hosted by the National Council of Churches to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination, with performances by Robert Miranda, Yolanda Adams and Marvin Sapp. Speakers include Lou Gossett Jr., Danny Glover, DeRay McKesson, Jim Wallis and Jennifer Harvey. Agenda includes silent march, starting near the MLK Jr. Memorial (7 am ET), interfaith service (8 am EDT) and rally (9 am EDT).

Wreath Laying by DC Mayor

11 am, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, 1964 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC: DC Mayor Muriel Bowser hosts a ceremonial wreath-laying in honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.‘s assassination.

Candlelight Vigil

6:30 pm, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, 1964 Independence Ave, Washington, DC: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Candlelight Vigil - The Memorial Foundation annual candlelight vigil to remember and honor the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr., featuring a wreath laying at the Monument’s Stone of Hope. Speakers include New Samaritan Baptist Church Bishop Michael Vernon Kelsey and Friends of the Memorial Foundation President and CEO Harry Johnson.

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