MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The 49th anniversary of the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be commemorated Tuesday.
The civil rights leader was shot and killed on April 4th, 1968 as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.
Dr. King came to Memphis to support striking sanitation workers.
Today's events kick off a year of remembrances leading up to the 50th anniversary.
Ceremonies will begin at the National Civil Rights Museum at 3:15 p.m.
At 6:00 p.m., the annual changing of the wreath on Dr. King's balcony will take place.