Some Say King Assassination Should Become Day of Remembrance

( – Approximately 6 p.m. central time. April 4, 1968. Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tenn. A shot rings out. A body hits the floor. Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr. is dead.

April 3, 1968, King was in Memphis supporting a sanitation worker’s strike as a part of his fledgling “Poor People’s Campaign”, which focused on economic justice and equality.

The next day, as he was standing on the balcony of his motel room, a gunshot rang through the air and King hit the floor. At 7:05 p.m. at a local hospital he was pronounced dead at the age of 39, ending a world legacy of civil and human rights advocacy that had afforded him a Nobel Peace Prize.

Many believe King knew his fate, implied by words spoken during his final sermon preached at Memphis’ Mason Temple Church of God in Christ on April 3:  “I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.”

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