The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, grew out of the Lorraine Motel, the site where King was killed.
The museum recently kicked off a year-long commemoration, "MLK50: Where Do We Go from Here?"
Judy Forte, superintendent for the National Park Services' Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, said the park has also started planning for the year. Aside from special ceremonies, there will also be several exhibits, including a museum exhibit that will include the caisson used to carry King's casket from Ebenezer Baptist Church to the Morehouse College campus on the day of his funeral.
Forte said landmark anniversaries and dates from King’s life usually up the park’s attendance.
With the 50th anniversary of King's death approaching, 2018 might be the district's biggest year ever and park officials are already working on refurbishing the home that King was born in.
“It is incumbent upon us to realize that, while Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King were global, influential leaders who answered divine calls to fulfill great assignments, we, too, have assignments to complete,” Bernice King said.