(Photo: Courtesy of the Newark Museum)
(Photo: Courtesy of the Newark Museum)

Half a century has gone by since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., lost his life to an assassin’s bullet in Memphis,Tennessee.

Shot down and silenced on April 4, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to speaking out against injustice, inequality, poverty and war. Museums and other cultural institutions are planning special programming to mark both the King Day of Service on Monday and the day of his assassination, notably at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, which built itself in and around the Lorraine Motel, where King was assassinated.

L.A. Theatre Works currently is on tour with “The Mountaintop,” a play by Katori Hall which imagines King’s thoughts and actions in room 306 the night before he died. The play premiered in London in 2009 and later ran on Broadway, starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson.

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