Austin events remembering MLK on the 50th anniversary of his death


Numerous events around the nation and in Austin are remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his work Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of his assassination. King was shot at a Memphis motel April 4, 1968.

Here are a few events in the Austin area Wednesday and over the next few weeks:

Chapel commemoration and discussion

  • What: Honoring King during a midday chapel service, followed by a lunchtime discussion of his writing and influence
  • When: April 4, 11:45 a.m.
  • Where: Seminary of the Southwest Christ Chapel, 501 E. 32nd St.

Special Observance

  • What: The Georgetown community can gather for a special observance to reflect on King’s “final hours in Memphis, Tenn. in April, 1968, and on our future as members of faith communities”
  • When: April 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: First UMC Georgetown, 410 E. University Ave.

Presentation: 50 Years After the Assassination of MLK

  • What: UT professor and Center for Study of Race and Democracy founding director Peniel E. Joseph reflects on King’s death and the state of racial justice in America today
  • When: April 10 from 12:15-1:30 p.m.
  • Where: LBJ School of Public Affairs Sid Richardson Hall Room 3.122, 2315 Red River Street

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