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Date(s) - 04/20/2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Main Library Meeting Room


April 4 was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To commemorate this event, the Motherlode Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee invites the public to attend a free screening of the documentary film, “King: A Filmed Record… From Montgomery to Memphis,” on Friday, April 20, at 6 p.m. at the main library meeting room, Greenley Road, Sonora.

The Civil Rights leader and peace activist was gunned down on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had gone to support striking African-American sanitation workers. Dr. King said these workers were on the front lines of fighting poverty. For several years before his death, Dr. King was focusing on the country’s economic divide. “It is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive starvation wages,” King said just before he was killed.

In April, 1968, Dr. King was in the midst of organizing the Poor People’s Campaign, an effort to bring together the poor from all races and ethnicities in Washington, D.C., to pressure Congress to increase funding for anti-poverty programs which had been decimated due to the cost of the Vietnam War.

For more information, go to motherlodemlk.org or Motherlode Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee on Facebook.