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Campbellsville University to Mark 50th Anniversary of MLK Jr.'s Death

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A Kentucky university is recognizing the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Campbellsville University will mark the anniversary Wednesday, April 4, with what it’s billing as a community prayer service. The school is inviting local churches that have regular Wednesday evening services to take part in the event at Ransdell Chapel.

John Chowning, excecutive assistant to the president for government, community and constituent relations at Campbellsville University, says this week’s anniversary provided an important opportunity for the community.

“We felt like we couldn’t pass up the 50th anniversary of his death to remind people how important that legacy is, even in 2018,” Chowning said.

Dr. King was shot and killed outside a Memphis Hotel on April 4th, 1968.

Chowning says the goal of the service is to promote unity and remember the message of love, justice, and equality promoted by Dr. King.

“We’re not going to be having a political rally. It won’t necessarily even be a traditional church service with preaching, per se, but a series of brief videos of the life of Dr. King, coupled with some individual representatives of the community and campus sharing their memories, sharing the impact of Dr. King.”

The service at Campbellsville University begins Wednesday at 6 pm eastern.

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.
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