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Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. April 4, 1968 King was in Memphis to speak and support a strike by African American Sanitation workers. On April 3, he gave his last speech, “I’ve been to the Mountaintop”

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Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • April 4, 1968

  • King was in Memphis to speak and support a strike by African American Sanitation workers.

  • On April 3, he gave his last speech, “I’ve been to the Mountaintop”

  • King was staying in room 306 of the Lorraine Motel. While on the balcony he was shot by James Earl Ray.


Impact of Assassination

  • Many civil rights activists will become disillusioned with nonviolent approach to reform

  • Riots will happen in over 110 American cities over the next week, including Washington DC

  • A national day of mourning is called for by president Johnson.


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