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MLK Jr. Death Anniversary Remembered

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated 45 years ago today at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The civil rights leader was in the southern city to support an ongoing strike by the city’s sanitation workers. King was only 39 years old when he died.

King was born in Atlanta in 1929 and attended a seminary in Pennsylvania before becoming a pastor in Montgomery, Alabama at age 25. He went on to lead the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Throughout his career he organized nonviolent protests throughout the south and helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

The day before his death, King delivered his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, which contained references to the threats of violence that he routinely received.

While mourning the news that beloved film critic Roger Ebert has died, Twitter users are also remembering the assassination of King and conveying which message of King’s meant the most to them:

[Author's Note: Cory Booker is the current mayor of Newark, New Jersey]

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MLK Jr. Death Anniversary Remembered
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  • http://www.rajachessboard.com Charles L Smith

    Please fact-check Dr. King’s seminary educational background. He met his impending wife while attending Boston University. Was a seminary in Pennsylvania really at issue???

    • robert castle

      the DR’s beliefs are very Biblical and he gave his life for EQUALITY without hesitation. I was 12 at the time and lived in a turbulant area. I’ve appreciated his ministry — the man who walked the walk

  • http://Yahoo Gloria

    Even though I was only 4yrs.old when he was murdered, Through the history books I’ve come to admire him for he truly was a man of God, He not only wanted equality for black people he wanted equality for all people.RIP Dr.King

  • john smith

    do we really have to hear this year after year. there is not a john f kennedy day, WHY? THEY BOTH HAD THEIR HEADS BLOWN OFF, BOTH WERE UNFAITHFUL TO THEIR WIVES. WHATS THE DIFFERENCE? IS A BLACK MORE IMPORTANT THAN A WHITE PRESIDENT? HARDLY. I HAD A DREAM TOO, WHERE WE DONT HAVE TO HAVE A STREET IN EVERY DAM CITY NAMED AFTER A FRAUD LIKE KING, ITS RIDICULOUS. WHERE ARE THE STREETS NAMED AFTER KENNEDY? AND WHOS RACIST?

    • John Wilson

      You are as Ignorant as they come and truly you should NOT be writing on this Board. It’s a shame that people like you exist who resent good over evil. Your day will come though.

    • James Earl Ray

      Oh I AGREE why DO we have Streets and a HOLIDAY named after MLK why not Kennedy why not NIXON, Hoffa, or other Great Americans. Why do you have to be SHOT Like MLK, JFK, RFK, Malcom X, John Lennon to have something named after you and then get Saint Hood too. If all these BOZO’Z were ALIVE now none of this CRAP would be happening. So please STOP shooting each other and spare us from this Crap from now on.

  • tonijoe

    My main man mkl was one of my boyz. dig it, my bros an sistas. We shell overcum sum day!

  • Bill Barker

    I truly Loved Martin Luther King and still remember how those times were when he was assassinated. It was a sad moment in history but at the same time, a period to draw strength to live up to the principles of this great leader. May God Always Bless Martin and his family and I’m so glad to have seen and heard the greatness of this man in my lifetime, as there is NO other like him.

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