These are the metro Detroit events honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted at 7:21 AM, Apr 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-04 16:16:57-04

Wednesday marks 50 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., in Memphis, and there are several events in metro Detroit commemorating MLK.

It was 6:01 p.m. Central when King was murdered at the Lorraine Motel on Mulberry Street in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. His legacy has lived on as a Americans continue the fight for equality and a country more accepting of diversity.

At 2 p.m., the city of Southfield will hold a bell ringing on the front steps of city hall. There ceremony will include a short program with remarks from several people, and the bell will be run 39 times to honor Dr. King, who was 39 years old when he was killed. 

At 6 p.m., the former King family attorney and author, Dr. William F. Pepper, will be part of a special presentation at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Admission is free.

Then, at 7:05 p.m., there will be a concert presented by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.