And on April 21 and 22, the Rochester Symphony will be honoring Dr. King and the goodness in America that he inspired.
But, he added, his father would want the United States to create a culture of nonviolence.
King "called for a kind of risky unselfishness", Hutchinson said. "When we have a revolution of values, we can create a nonviolence community".
The bells will be rung 39 times, signifying the number of years he lived, at the exact time when he died.
50 years after his death, activists on the front line of the Civil Rights Movement in Macon still remember the moment they heard the news.
"Very difficult because we certainly lost one of our great minds in American history and it's still very hard to comprehend", said Fallek.
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Marking the anniversary of the assassination, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation in honour of the slain leader, saying: "In remembrance of his profound and inspirational virtues, we look to do as Dr. King did while this world was privileged enough to still have him". That was very touching for me because that's what I needed that day.
"'Even though there may be political and ideological differences between us, we are inextricably entwined.' And that's where we need to be". That's unacceptable. We must do better. "I still remember that to this day", said Leon Copeland from Buffalo.
Their daughter, Yolanda, who is just 9-years-old, made her own mark last month when speaking out against gun violence during the "March for Our Lives" protests in Washington D.C.
"I will always remember April the 4th 1968 and where I was", said Reverend McDaniel.
"It's surprising and kind of overwhelming", said 17-year-old Charmaine Washington.
"I'm still anxious and frustrated", said Lawson, his black hair turned grey. "I'll give this one example". "And my principal walked in and said, "Charles, come go with me".