To help honor dr. king's life, NAACP president Ben Jealous is leading a march in Newark this afternoon. Organizer Larry Hamm says the march will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday downtown.
King was shot to death on April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. James Earl Ray later pleaded guilty to assassinating King, then spent the rest of his life claiming his innocence before dying in 1998.
The memorial event is just one of several planned throughout New Jersey, which includes rallies in Camden and Trenton.
Events honoring Dr. King will also be held nationwide.