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MLK Jr.’s Death Remembered 45 Years Later

MLK Jr. Death 45th Anniversary

MLK Jr.’s death was remembered across the country on Thursday — the 45th anniversary of the tragic event. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Nobel Peace Prize-winning civil rights leader, was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.

The civil rights activist’s death was remembered across the United States on Thursday. In Atlanta, Georgia, the King Center announced it would honor its namesake by kicking off “The 50 Days of Nonviolence.”

The campaign is meant to challenge youth to abstain from violence through the rest of the school year. Bernice King, MLK Jr.’s daughter and the chief executive officer of the King Center, stated:

“As my father said, ‘The choice is no longer between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.’ We believe young people have a leadership role to play in creating a nonviolent society.”

Bernice King is also set to speak outside the King Center at 7:01 pm EDT — the same time her father was shot to death by white supremacist and convict James Earl Ray.

MLK Jr.’s death, like his life, was very influential in the fight for civil rights in America. The Nobel Peace Prize winner rose to prominence in the movement after he led the Montgomery bus boycott, which started in December 1955. King won the Nobel Peace Price in 1964 and was best known for advocating nonviolence, racial brotherhood, and equal rights.

Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to Memphis to support the strike of sanitation workers. They were protesting unfair working conditions and low pay. The activist was shot to death by Ray while standing on a balcony outside his room at the Loraine Hotel. The hotel is now the site of the National Civil Rights Museum.

Some of the sanitation workers who went on strike in 1968 are expected to commemorate the civil right’s leader’s death outside the same hotel where King was killed. The ceremonies will be led by AFSCME President Lee Saunders. Saunders became the first African American to lead the 1.6-million member union last year.

Barbara Andrews, director of education for the National Civil Rights Museum, added of MLK Jr.’s death, “It’s been 45 years since the assassination, and it’s been 45 years that the country’s struggle has continued for equality and freedom.”

Members of the AFSCME are expected to march from the local union office to the museum. Martin Luther King III is expected to speak at the rally.

[Image via Dick DeMarsico]

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21 Responses to “MLK Jr.’s Death Remembered 45 Years Later”

  1. Shannon L. Blackley

    You know if Martin Luther himself were Wrong back when the new WESTERN CHURCH walked away from the Papacy (Original Western Church) after 'IT' walked away from the ORIGINAL EASTERN ORTHODOXY; DA KANG don't mean THAT much anymore. Nice try with the continued HUSTLE however but REAL FOLKS who are no longer 'that' IGONORANT ain't buying dat no mo…

  2. Phyllis Harris

    I was in Memphis when King was killed. The CIA was in the next room tapeing him with a blond woman having sex.
    His wife knew he was a womanizer. The blacks went wild and hurt police and the people. The town was sealed off for a week. Don't like what I am writing. Check it out first before you call me a liar.

  3. Mari Mason

    This shit (The 50 Days of Nonviolence) needs to happen in Chicago! Mostly blacks klling blacks! The white man is no longer the black man's enemy! HE, the black man, IS!

  4. Mari Mason

    It's the truth! Everybody knows (and those that DON'T want to know) MLK loved white a$$! No secret!

  5. Mari Mason

    Every self-hating black man in America should be mourning today… without MLK, they would still have to "settle" for black women, no matter how "heavily mixed" said black woman is (Coretta Scott King)! HUD!

  6. Garret Alonso

    I remember visiting his grave site when I was about 12 years old. I've seen his documentary, "I had a dream", very touching=) We as a society have come so far, but still have a long way's to go, and lots of issues to work on!

  7. Mari Mason

    Yes, a true hero. Self-hating black men have access to any race pussy they want and black women are left with scrubs. That's why I advise all black women looking for a man to date OUT! I do! :)

  8. Mari Mason

    Yes, a true hero. Self-hating black men have access to any race pussy they want and black women are left with scrubs. That's why I advise all black women looking for a man to date OUT! I do! :)

  9. Debbie Wright

    What a wonderful man he was! But he devils of this world could not stand for his goodness and his love for God. Same goes for JFK.He made a wondeful difference and they can never take that away from him! They are in heaven with God warching over us withthe grace og God. You haters didn't win. Ha Ha

  10. Trevor Howell

    And he would roll over in his grave if he could see what he fought for being abused like it is….This man fought for fairness and equality, not a free check from uncle sam!

  11. Joe Smith

    Nothing lost as far as I am concerned, and I remember it. He was just another agitator as people like him we called back then.

  12. Shi Yuehan

    I would recommend the young go into youtube and find MLK Jr.'s many sermons and tv interviews he gave. He was truly a brilliant man of vision. His deep understanding of the human condition, his ageless wisdom, courage and conviction unmatched. Yes, he was human not a saint without some failings. But, still one of our greatest leaders and role models. Just listen to his words and message, to experience such strength is a joy and rare find.