The Assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Moments In Civil Rights History

On April 4th, 1968, an assassin took the life, but not the dream, of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rev. King, the most prominent civil rights leader of the 20th century, had traveled to Memphis to support 1,300 striking black sanitation workers with a peaceful march. While standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Dr. King was struck by a single bullet fired from a rooming house across the street.

 See more stories about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in the following first-hand accounts:

The Assassination of Dr. King: A First Hand Account

Dr. King: The Movement and the Legacy

A Child Learns of Dr. King’s Assassination

Stax: James Alexander of the Bar Kays

Racism and the Impact of the Civil Rights Leaders