The 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be commemorated Friday at Stanford University with an event at noon including music and tributes.
There will also be tributes from people of various faiths at the event, to be held in the Old Student Union Courtyard near Tresidder Union. The event is free and open to the public.
King was shot to death on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., while preparing for a march on behalf of striking sanitation workers.
The anniversary is a time "for all of us who were inspired by him to rededicate ourselves to his vision of global peace with social justice," Clayborne Carson, the director of the King Research and Education Institute, said. The institute is hosting the event.
"King was a Nobel Peace laureate and a great civil rights leader, but he should also be remembered as a proponent of the 'Social Gospel,' willing to devote his final days to the cause of Memphis sanitation workers," Carson said. "We honor him best by taking up his unfinished business."