April 4 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most tragic, catalytic and meaningful events in American history: the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Individuals and organizations around the globe will honor Dr. King today and throughout the year. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center) in Atlanta. The global commemoration of the anniversary of the assassination will run through April 9, but there are events all year long at the King Center.
Delta supports the King Center year-round as a longstanding partner, including sponsorship of the annual "Salute to Greatness" event held every year in January around Dr. King's birthday. This year, Delta deepened its support for the King Center and will serve as the lead sponsor for the "King Centennials Speak" event on Saturday, April 7, which is part of the 50th anniversary celebration. The event, led by Dr. King's granddaughter, Yolanda Renee King, and Maryn Rippy, great granddaughter of A.D. King, will highlight kids doing extraordinary and innovative work for humanity. Delta employees can register to attend here. Delta also provided support of this week's commemoration by operating a charter flight to/from Memphis for the King Center.
For a complete list of all events commemorating the 50th anniversary, visit www.mlk50forward.org to view activities for this week and throughout the year. In addition, the Love for Humanity: 50 Acts of Service or Kindness campaign information may be found on this site and employees can honor Dr. King by filling out the pledge form to participate in 50 Acts of Service or Kindness.
Delta strives to be a global leader in community engagement, promoting new perspectives for positive growth and realizing the richness of diverse communities. All of Delta's more than 80,000 employees worldwide are privileged to support the great work of Dr. King, the King Center and all those committed to keeping the Dream alive.