April 4: Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassinated 1968

Apr 4, 2012 6:24pm

1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassinated

The 39-year-old civil rights activist was shot by James Earl Ray outside of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn.  Martin Luther King Jr. had been in Memphis for a sanitation workers’ strike.

King led and supported non-violent campaigns for racial justice and the equality of all people, regardless of race or class.  On Aug. 28, 1963, he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

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