On April 4th, 1968, an assassin took the life — but not the dream — of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. Reverend King was the most prominent civil rights leader of the 20th century.
King had traveled to Memphis to support the 1,300 striking black sanitation workers with a peaceful march scheduled for April 8th, and traveled to Memphis on April 3rd. That night, at Mason Temple, he delivered his famous “Mountaintop” speech, reflecting on his own mortality.
After that speech, he returned to the Lorraine Motel. The following evening at about 6:00 PM, while standing on the second-floor balcony of the motel, Dr. King was struck by a single bullet that had been fired from a rooming house across the street.
He was pronounced dead an hour later, leaving our nation in shock and sparking riots across the country.
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