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.