What:

At sunset on April 4, the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. invites the public to join them as they honor the life of Dr. King on the anniversary of his assassination by holding a candlelight vigil and laying a wreath at the foot of the Stone of Hope at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

The vigil, which falls on the 44th anniversary of that fateful day in Memphis, TN, will bring people together to honor the life of this man of peace. Since its opening, millions of visitors from around the globe have been able to witness firsthand the message of hope, justice, democracy and love that resonates from the crescent-shaped walls of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, which proudly sits between two Presidents.

The brief ceremony will take place Wednesday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. and will include remarks by Harry E. Johnson, president and CEO of The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation and other dignitaries including Arun Gandhi the fifth grandson of ‘Mahatma’ Mohandas K. Gandhi; Marc Morial, president and CEO, National Urban League and Lee Saunders, secretary-treasurer, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, and Rev. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, 22nd national president, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

The program is free and will be open to the public. For more information about the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, please visit www.buildthedream.org.

When:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where:

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
1964 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20024

Who:

Harry E. Johnson Sr., president and CEO, Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation
Marc Morial, president and CEO, National Urban League
Lee Saunders, secretary-treasurer, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO
Rev. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, 22nd national President Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc
Arun Manilal Gandhi, fifth grandson of ‘Mahatma’ Mohandas K. Gandhi

Media Contact:

Darrell Jackson, The Caraway Group, Inc.
202.965.2810, Darrell@thecarawaygroup.com

About the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr.
National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc.

The Washington, DC Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that lead the collaborative effort to complete the Memorial honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the National Mall. The Memorial is situated adjacent to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and in a direct line between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Congress passed a Joint Resolution in 1996 authorizing Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. to establish a Memorial in Washington, D.C. honoring Dr. King. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial was officially opened in August 2011.. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.buildthedream.org.