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Today In History: April 4th, 1968

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Photo Credit: Bettmann / Getty Images
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Martin Luther King Jr. is Assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee

On April 4th, 1968, a profound sorrow echoed throughout not just the United States but the entire world, as Martin Luther King Jr., an emblem of peace and equality, was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. This day marks a pivotal moment in American history. King’s leadership in the Civil Rights Movement, his nonviolent approach to confronting injustice, and his impassioned speeches galvanized a movement toward equality and justice for African Americans.

close up portrait of martin luther king junior the day before his assassination
4/3/1968-Memphis, TN: One of the last pictures to be taken of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — speaking to a mass rally April 3 in Memphis. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel at 6:05 PM on a Thursday, King’s life was cut short by an assassin’s bullet, but the ideals he fought for could never be silenced. His legacy, encapsulated in speeches like “I Have a Dream,” continues to inspire millions around the globe to strive for a society where “people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” The reverberations of his loss were felt deeply across the nation, sparking riots and a period of mourning that reflected the profound impact of his work and the deep void his passing left.

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King’s vision for a just society, his unwavering commitment to nonviolence, and his tireless pursuit of civil rights have cemented his place as a towering figure in the quest for human dignity and equality. On this somber day, we reflect on King’s contributions to society and the ongoing struggle against injustice, reaffirming our commitment to embodying the principles he valiantly championed.

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