Marking the 45th anniversary of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s assassination, The King Center in Atlanta launches a campaign against youth violence today.
“The 50 Days of Nonviolence,” a challenge for young people to abstain from violence for the rest of the current year, kicks off in King’s hometown of Atlanta, according to The Huffington Post. “As my father said, the choice is no longer between violence and nonviolence,” said Bernice King, the civil rights leader’s daughter and chief executive officer of the King Center. “It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.”
Bernice will speak to the public outside the center today, at 7:01 p.m. EST, the exact moment that her father was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn. There will also be a wreath placed in front of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King preached, in the same spot where one was put a day after his death.
In addition, the National Civil Rights Museum will commemorate King’s death with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees labor union-led rally, where King’s son, Martin Luther King III will speak to the public.