(WZZM) - Civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed 45 years ago Thursday.
The date was April 4, 1968. It was a dark time in the nation's history. Dr. King gave his life fighting for change and today many of those that remember him challenge others to continue to fight.
The civil rights leader was killed at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee after going to support sanitation workers on strike. He left behind a wife, four children and the legacy of a life committed to non-violence. The King Center in Atlanta is commemorating his death with the 50 Days of Non-Violence Campaign.
The center is challenging young people to study, embrace and practice non-violence, saying "the choice is no longer between violence and non-violence. It is either non-violence or nonexistence."
There will also be a special wreath laying ceremony Thursday in front of Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where King and his father pastored.
There are many organized events honoring Dr. King, taking place around the country today, especially in Atlanta.
It is also a good day to individually acknowledge Dr. King's life and his leadership.