Today in History: 48th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination

Today marks the 48th anniversary of the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968.

Today people around the world remember this date in 1968 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. King died at 39-years-old after the assassin’s bullet flew through his jaw and severed his spinal cord.

Reports say Dr. King was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers’ strike. The civil rights leader is best known for his “I Have a Dream” speech and his consistent message to resist reacting with violence towards race-based social inequality.

 

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