HONOURED: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
FAMILY MEMBERS of late civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are to visit Liverpool for this year’s marking of Slavery Remembrance Day on August 23.
Martin Luther King III, the son of Dr. King and wife Coretta Scott King and his wife Andrea Waters King will visit Liverpool. He is to take part in the activities to take part in Slavery Remembrance Day including renaming a building to honour his father’s legacy.
"Three days of free activity are planned around Slavery Remembrance Day in which King will play a key role," organisers, National Museums Liverpool, said.
The activities include:
§ A Family Day at International Slavery Museum, which is celebrating its fifth birthday, on Saturday August 18.
§ The Memorial lecture by King at St George’s Hall 7pm Wednesday August 23.
§ Building dedication of the Dock Traffic Office at Albert Dock on 12.30am on August 23. The building is to be renamed “The Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Building” and
§ A Walk of Remembrance through Liverpool City Centre and libation ceremony on August 23.
Cheryl Magowan, Communities Senior Manager at National Museums Liverpool, said she invited King III to Liverpool after meeting him last year while paying her respects at the gravesite of his father.
"It was a powerful moment I’ll never forget, I sat, said a prayer and thought deeply about what the great Dr. King did for black people and all of humanity, I looked up and standing in front of me was Mr King and his wife."
"I then invited Mr. and Mrs. King to visit Liverpool, the International Slavery Museum and to take part in Slavery Remembrance Day, which they graciously accepted."
Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. King Jr, fought for the equal rights and treatment for black people in the United States of America and with his actions and speeches such as I have a dream inspired freedom and equality movements worldwide.
He was assassinated in 1968.
His son, a lifetime member of the board of directors and former president and CEO of The King Center in Atlanta Georgia, King III, is also a human rights campaigner and community activist.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, who will host King, said: "The slave trade is a hugely significant part in Liverpool’s history and we have made a pledge as a city that it will never be forgotten."
"This year’s celebrations are set to be momentous with the arrival of Martin Luther King III. Mr King and his father are an inspiration to us all. They are real symbols of how, by working together, we can achieve equality for people of all races, cultures and backgrounds."
Details about all the Slavery Remembrance Day events: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/slavery
Details of how to get free tickets for Mr King’s lecture: www.stgeorgesliverpool.co.uk