Duke of Kent marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr Martin Luther King Jr

The Duke of Kent was at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday to attend a service marking the 50th anniversary of the death of the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr. The service, entitled Rediscovering Justice: A Service of Hope was attended by guests including Chief Executive of Christian Aid, Amanda Khozi Mukwashi and Lewis Lukens, Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy.

At the commencement of the service, wreaths were laid at the Innocent Victims Memorial and beneath the statue of Martin Luther King Jr at the Abbey’s Great West Door. The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, in his Bidding said, “We come to give thanks for the life and work of the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr, assassinated in Memphis, Tennesse, fifty years ago today. Today, working with Christian Aid, we hope again to learn from the example of Martin Luther King Jr and to commit ourselves afresh to keeping the dream alive of justice for all peoples under God and of peace in the world.”

The Service saw the Right Reverend Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich, give the Address while Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Reverend Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin, led the Confession. The Dean of Westminster gave the Absolution. The Martin Luther King Celebration Choir sung the service and were led by Karen Gibson and John Fisher with soloists Wayne Hernandez and Tracey Campbell.

Martin Luther King Jr was an American Baptist Minister born on January 15th, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. As an activist, Luther King became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 through to his death in 1968.

Martin Luther King Jr was fatally shot by James Earl Ray while standing on the balcony of Lorraine Motel on April 4th, 1968 in Memphis. The assassination led to a number of race riots across the U.S.A in major cities such as Washington D.C, Chicago and Baltimore.

Photo Credit: David Merrett

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