Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot while he stood on the balcony of room 306 at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. He was in the city to support sanitation workers on strike for better pay and working conditions.
King and his associates, including Jesse Jackson, Ralph Abernathy and Ben Branch, were discussing strategy when the bullet struck. He spoke these words to Branch just before the bullet struck him: "Ben, make sure you play 'Take My Hand, Precious Lord' in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty." King's assassin was James Earl Ray, an escaped convict. Though he escaped immediate arrest, police apprehended Ray after a two-month international manhunt.Learn More
The middle child of Michael King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on Jan. 15, 1929. Martin had an older sister, Willie Christine, and a younger brother, Alfred.Full Answer >
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a humanitarian and social reformer who fought for African-American civil rights during the 1950s and 60s. He was assassinated in 1968.Full Answer >
Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested 30 times between 1955 and 1965. All occurred during his leadership in the African American Civil Rights Movement. His first arrest was in 1955 leading the bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala.Full Answer >
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., died in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968. He was pronounced dead at St. Joseph Hospital after being struck by an assassin's bullet on the second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel.Full Answer >