The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adjourned its meeting Tuesday in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., anticipating the 50th anniversary of his death.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who moved to adjourn in the name of the civil rights leader, will dedicate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Tree Grove on 15,000 square feet of land at the highest point of the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area this Saturday.
The grove will feature an obelisk engraved with some of King’s most inspiring words at the site with sweeping views of downtown Los Angeles.
Ridley-Thomas plans to travel to Memphis to commemorate the civil rights leader on April 4, the anniversary of his assassination.
The supervisor worked with the board to coordinate local bell tolling events for the same day. Led by the National Civil Rights Museum, the MLK 50 Bell Toll asks places of worship, college campuses and other institutions worldwide to toll their bells 39 times to mark the number of years King lived and to pay homage to his legacy.
Locally, the solemn ringing will begin at 4:01 p.m., the time of King’s death.
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