BOWIE, Md. (AP) -- Scholars will discuss the impact of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and message during a free public conference at Bowie State University.
Friday's inaugural conference commemorates the 45th anniversary of King's assassination, which took place on April 4, 1968 in Memphis.
Organizers say that Rev. Jeremiah Wright, pastor emeritus at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, will open the conference.
Dr. Yohuru Williams, a noted civil rights scholar and associate professor of African American history at Fairfield University, will give the keynote address.
Organizers say that the conference will also feature sessions led by experts who address topics that deal with King's leadership practice and his commitment to nonviolence.
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