This week marks the 50th anniversary of the night the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while standing on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn.
The King Urban Life Center at Genesee and Rich streets will memorialize the moment when the civil rights leader was struck down by ringing its four tower bells at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. (Dr. King was shot on April 4, 1968, a few minutes after 6 p.m. Central Standard Time.)
The King Urban Life Center is housed in the former St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church. It serves its inner city community by focusing on the needs of young children and youth with school readiness programs, book clubs, literacy classes and many other programs, and also serves as custodian for the historic building that is its home.