Martin Luther King Jr.
1929 - 1968
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Monday, April 9 marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral in his hometown of Atlanta.

The anniversary will be marked with the March for Humanity through the streets of downtown Atlanta.

The march is scheduled for noon, starting from Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park on Auburn Avenue and ending at Liberty Plaza near the Georgia State Capitol.

RELATED: Read about the march, with quotes and photos

On Monday, April 23, 2018, there is an Ecumenical Service in Commemoration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta,

Here is the text of 1968 funeral notice for Martin Luther King Jr. from the Atlanta Constitution:

KING, Dr. Martin Luther Jr. -- Services for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held for the immediate family and members of the Ebenezer Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, 1968 from Ebenezer Baptist Church, Rev. Ralph David Abernathy officiating. The procession will leave Ebenezer at 11 o'clock and proceed to the Morehouse College Campus for the service which is open to all at 1 p.m. Dr. King is survived by his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King; children, Yolanda Denise (12), Martin Luther III (10), Dexter Scott (7), Bernice Albertine (5); parents Rev. and Mrs. Martin Luther King Sr.; sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Farris Sr. and children, Isaac Jr., Angela Christine, brother and sister-in-law, Rev. and Mrs. A.D. Williams King, and children, Alveda Celeste, A.D. Williams II, Derek Barber, Esther Darlene, Vernon Christopher; three uncles, four aunts, a large number of relatives and countless thousands of admiring and loving friends and followers the world over. For those who would like to express their appreciation to Dr. King and his family by sending flowers it is suggested that contributions be made to the Martin Luther King Memorial Fund. This fund will be used to perpetrate and perpetuate the ideas of Dr. King. The remains will be viewed at the church until 9 a.m. Tuesday. Entombment at South View Cemetery. Family will assemble at 234 Sunset Ave. N.W. Hanley's Bell St. Funeral Home and Marcellous Thornton, mortician in charge.

Published in The Atlanta Constitution April 8, 1968

Read special coverage of the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. on MyAJC.com
Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Apr. 1 to Apr. 10, 2018.
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January 20, 2021
Justin L Pointer Jr
Friend
January 21, 2020
"MLK is a great person for fighting for blacks equal rights"
January 24, 2019
Martin Luther King Jr. should be considered the greatest individual ever born in the United States of America. I want to thank him for his relentless pursuit of equality, justice, and righteousness for all of God's children. The courage he displayed in the face of constant terror from the opposition was phenomenal. He was always on the offense putting pressure on the government to change the unjust laws that were pervasive in the country during his lifetime. I was only seven years of age when I met Dr. King. It was only a few days after his assassination at the Sister's Chapel at Spelman College. Darius Fernando Wynn Sr.
Darius Wynn
April 9, 2018
Dr. King has been an inspiration to me all my life. His message continues to inspire me to do all I can to fight injustice. As a 74 year old white Southerner, I live daily with the guilt of racism. We've made great progress over the past 50 years, but still have a ways to go. God Bless Dr. Martin Luther King.
Jackie Harrison
April 9, 2018
I was a junior at Morehouse College getting ready to meet with the Eta Lambda Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha when I was told that Bro Martin had been killed. That was a very sad day. On the day of the funeral. the Brothers of Alpha Rho formed a line behind the chairs Reserved for VIPs on the grass in front of Harkness Hall. I will forever Thank Brother Martin for his sacrifice that created a way forward for America. I thank the King siblings for keeping the Dream alive.
Oscar Leonard
April 9, 2018
Evangelist Mary Ward Cater
April 9, 2018
Evangelist Mary Ward Cater
April 9, 2018
Evangelist Mary Ward Cater
April 9, 2018
The Ward Family Michigan,
Evangelist Mary Ward Cater
April 9, 2018
The Cater family Mableton, Ga
Evangelist Mary Ward Cater
April 9, 2018
A drum major for the poor, a non-violent peacemaker against war. A genius for justice. A world citizen. We need more folks like MLK Jr to move into a fair future for the whole planet!
May all MLK' visions move forward, so he always lives on!
April 9, 2018
He was a Drum Major for justice. Thank you King family for sharing your dad!
April 6, 2018
You will always live in our hearts and prayers.
April 5, 2018
Miss you
BRENDA HART
April 4, 2018
Reflecting back on April 4,1968 , a child watching TV with my grandparents. The mood changed in the room. We had just heard of the news of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. being shot. A man of peace, great faith, hope and love suddenly gone. We started praying, through the tears for his entire family, friends, and close circle of confidants and their families. I send heartfelt condolences to Dr. King's family today (April 4, 2018). May you forever find your strength of staying strong through your connection with the Lord. You have been in my prayers for years and will remain in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you for sharing your father with the world.
V. Porter
April 1, 2018
God is a lover of peace and gave His Son as a ransom for all of mankind. It is important that we practice a life of peace just as Jesus did, reflecting God's love for all. As you remember him know that he is in God's memory and soon he will reunite you again in a peaceful earthly paradise. John 6:40
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