Sep 3, 2021

The Memorial Foundation To Hold 10th Annual Candlelight Vigil Honoring the Legacy of Dr. King

Washington, D.C. — The Memorial Foundation will host a virtual candlelight vigil and wreath-laying ceremony on the National Mall to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program will feature the renowned choir of Morgan State University and an intimate conversation with Rev. Jesse Jackson and journalist Roland Martin on Dr. King’s legacy.

“As we commemorate the April 4th death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we must not forget his beliefs on unity and non-violence. His tenets of Democracy, Justice, Hope and Love are just as relevant today as they were more than 53 years ago,” said Harry E. Johnson, Sr. President of The Memorial Foundation.

The recent horrific gun violence in both Boulder and Atlanta, coupled with the recurring instances of physical attacks on members of the Asian community, is the reason The Memorial Foundation continues its efforts of promoting peace and unity today. Progress has been made but there is still much work to be done.

During the program, leaders will lay a wreath down at the Stone of Hope, the 30-foot high boulder in which Dr. King’s likeness is carved and commemorates his “I Have a Dream” speech. The online event will also feature a conversation between Rev. Jesse Jackson journalist Roland Martin and The Memorial Foundation President Harry E. Johnson, Sr., as well as song selections from the acclaimed Morgan State Choir.

Adhering to COVID-19 guidelines, The Memorial Foundation will stream the ceremony on April 8 at 4 p.m. ET on YouTube and Facebook.

The Memorial Foundation is a beacon that has inspired people around the globe, garnering more than 3 million visitors a year. Now in its 10th year, The Foundation is launching several programs aimed at bringing Dr. King’s legacy to young people across the nation, including a conversation series that launches April 15th, hosted by Soledad O’Brien and co-presented with the National Association of Realtors, on “The Past, Present and Future of Fair Housing.”