Kirk Franklin, Shirley Cae­sar and Park­land stu­dents to com­mem­o­rate King's death

South Florida Times - - METRO - Staff Re­port

MI­AMI – This year marks the fifti­eth an­niver­sary of one of the dark­est days in the na­tion’s his­tory. Martin Luther King Jr. was struck down by an as­sas­sin’s bul­let on April 4, 1968 at the Lor­raine Mo­tel in Mem­phis, Ten­nessee. Events to com­mem­o­rate the sig­nif­i­cance of the Civil Rights leader’s death are sched­uled across the coun­try.

Lo­cally, the Martin Luther King Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MLKEDC), The City of Mi­ami, Mi­ami Dade County and Com­mu­nity Lead­ers are host­ing the Unity March Against Gun Vi­o­lence and the 15th An­nual Re­claim the Dream Can­dle­light Me­mo­rial Ser­vice on April 4, at Athalie Range Park, 525 NW Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Mi­ami, Florida.

This his­toric event will start at 5:30pm with the Unity March Against Gun Vi­o­lence will be led by the Mi­ami City Com­mis­sion Chair­man, Keon Harde­mon, Mayor Fran­cis Suarez, clergy mem­bers and com­mu­nity lead­ers.

Stu­dents from Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School in Park­land, the site of the Feb. 14 mur­ders of 17 peo­ple, will join the pro­ces­sion. The stage pro­gram will be­gin at 6:01pm (the time of the as­sas­si­na­tion of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) to in­clude an mo­men­tous Can­dle­light Re­flec­tion Prayer led by clergy rep­re­sent­ing mul­ti­ple re­li­gious faiths and will con­clude with a live gospel per­for­mance by Kirk Franklin, aka “The Reign­ing King of Ur­ban Gospel,” a multi-award win­ning artist, mu­si­cian, choir di­rec­tor, and au­thor, and Shirley Cae­sar, aka “The First Lady of Gospel,” a multi-award award-win­ning artist and song­writer. This out­door event is free and open to the pub­lic.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit MLKMi­ami.com or call 305-757-7552.

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A JOY­FUL NOISE: The 50th an­niver­sary of Martin Luther King’s as­sas­si­na­tion will be com­mem­o­rated on April 4 at the Athalie Range Park in Lib­erty City.

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