It’s April 4, 2018, 50 years to the day when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. The weather is appropriately gloomy as folks start to gather outside of his tomb in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, just a block away from the house he grew up in.
The clouds have blanketed the sky, a few drops of rain splatter on the pavement, hinting at a looming storm that never comes. But it distinctly smells like a rainstorm is on its way, especially as the wind picks up, giving a bit of chill to the atmosphere on this otherwise temperate April morning.
I join some other guests in the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historial Park across the street from his tomb and Ebenezer Baptist Church where both King, Jr. and his father preached. Inside, a series of video exhibits are playing surrounded by curved walls full of information pertaining to the video playing and the respective time period. I wander into the nearest one, following the sound of Dr. King’s voice.