The night that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis,Tennessee, he was scheduled to be in Wilmington.
The civil rights leader was to speak at Williston High School that night to headline a voter registration drive, but was persuaded to remain in Memphis another day in support of that city’s sanitation workers’ strike.
Now, 50 years later, a coalition of Wilmington civic, and non-profit, and religious
leaders is organizing an event to remember Dr. King’s final days and to imagine how
his life and the nation’s history might be different if he had kept to his original
On Wednesday, the anniversary of Dr. King’s death, the public was invited
to gather in the gym of Williston Middle School where Dr. King would have spoken.
The program featured music of the Civil Rights Era, video footage of the
assassination, and clips from his famous “Mountaintop” speech.