WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Candelight Vigil Planned To Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Play associated audio
Dr. King's life and death will be remembered Wednesday night in the shadow of his new memorial.
Elliott Francis
Dr. King's life and death will be remembered Wednesday night in the shadow of his new memorial.

A candlelight vigil is planned later this evening at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall. The ceremony marks the anniversary of the civil rights leader's assassination 44 years ago.

Speakers will include Harry Johnson, president of the foundation that built the memorial and the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.

The King Memorial was completed last year after decades of work to build it among monuments to presidents and war veterans. Organizers have said April is a prime time to visit the memorial because it's surrounded by cherry trees that usually bloom each year around the time of King's assassination.

NPR

Under The Streets Of Naples, A Way Out For Local Kids

A priest in Naples' tough Sanità neighborhood has put local kids — some from mob families — to work restoring underground catacombs full of early Christian art. The result? 40,000 tourists a year.
NPR

On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables

Impatient gardeners don't have to wait for summer to harvest salad fixings. A surprising variety of crops will bring homegrown produce to your table in as little as three weeks.
NPR

Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book

Lawmakers have proposed a bill that would make the Bible the state's official book, but critics say it is unconstitutional and would open Louisiana up to legal challenges.
NPR

When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices

Parents often complain that smartphones keep their kids distracted from conversation. What happens when it's the other way around, when kids can't get their smartphone-glued parents' attention?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.