Museum, Sharpton announces plans for anniversary of King's death

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis has announced plans to bring together several civil rights leaders for a night of storytelling on the eve of the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death.

The April 3 event will include the speech writer for King and the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

The Rev. Al Sharpton also announced Tuesday that his civil rights organization -- the National Action Network -- will hold its national convention in Memphis during the anniversary week.

Sharpton spoke to members of the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association on Tuesday, urging them to participate in the convention.

He plans to lead a march on March 4 to the Lorraine Motel, where King was shot in 1968 while helping lead a garbage workers strike.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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