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Bay Area Events to Honor Martin Luther King Jr. on 50th Anniversary of Assassination



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    Tuskegee University Libraries has released a collection of historic audio recordings dating back to the 1950s. (Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018)

    Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.

    In remembrance of the civil rights leaders' life and legacy, people across the Bay Area on Wednesday are slated to gather at various commemoration events.

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    Below is a list of some of those events taking place around the region:

    University of California, Berkeley MLK Event

    When: 12 p.m.

    Where: Campanile Esplanade

    Details: A bell on the East Bay campus will toll 39 times to remember each year of King's life. People will then sing two anthems from the civil rights era.

    Oakland MLK Event

    When: 1 p.m. 

    Where: In front of the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

    Details: The event will feature a news conference and public reading of King's 1967 speech "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence."

    MLK's 1st 'I Have a Dream' Speech RememberedMLK's 1st 'I Have a Dream' Speech Remembered

    Months before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to hundreds of thousands gathered in Washington in 1963, he fine-tuned his civil rights message before a much smaller audience at a school gymnasium in North Carolina.

    (Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018)

    San Jose MLK Event

    When: 3:45 p.m.

    Where: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library

    Details: Local students and community members will ring 50 chimes in King's memory starting at 4:01 p.m. Attendees will then join together in a community prayer. A civil rights era exhibition will then be unveiled.

    San Francisco MLK Event

    When: 4 p.m.

    Where: Grace Cathedral

    Details: Two of King's speeches will be played during the event. Cathedral bells will also toll 50 times.

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    San Francisco City Hall MLK Event

    When: 11 a.m.

    Where: City Hall

    Details: A commemoration program in honor of King is planned.

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