Council to Mark the 50th Anniversary of 1968 and the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Tuesday, April 3, the Council of the District of Columbia will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, in the context of the historic year 1968 in the District in general.

The Council, along with Georgetown University, will be hosting a panel discussion entitled “Whose Promised Land? Reflections on 1968 in Washington, DC and the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968 in Memphis marked the singular moment of a seminal year. We remember 1968 for its activism and turmoil sparked by questions surrounding poverty, injustice, inequality, and war. The many conversations of that year are significant in their timeless value and contemporary relevance to the District of Columbia and our nation.

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will make introductory remarks. Georgetown’s Chris Murphy will introduce the panelists. Tom Sherwood, formerly of NBC4 and currently with the Washington City Paper and WAMU, will moderate. The panel will consist of:

  • Virginia Ali, Ben’s Chili Bowl
  • Professor Maurice Jackson, Georgetown University
  • The Honorable Charlene Drew Jarvis, former Ward 4 Councilmember
  • Father Raymond Kemp, Georgetown University

The panel discussion will be held on Tuesday, April 3 at 2PM in the Council Chamber. It will be immediately followed by a reception catered by Ben’s Next Door.

RSVPs are requested but not required. Please RSVP here.