ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A number of events will be held in and around Albuquerque to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr., the late civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance.
King, an anti-Vietnam War activist, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and executive member of the NAACP, was shot to death by an assassin on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn. He was 39.
King was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. In 1986, then-President Ronald Reagan signed federal legislation establishing Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday in January.