This Is How America Reacted To News Of MLK's Assassination

Thursday, 05 Apr, 2018

In Memphis, hundreds gathered for the I AM A MAN rally, a reference to the signs striking sanitation workers displayed 50 years ago.

"I just could not believe that anyone could shoot such a person like a deer in the woods", said Bob Zellner, a civil rights organizer who counted King among his mentors.

The day after the assassination, Lewis & Clark College President John R. Howard decried King's murder, saying it "serves as a grim reminder that a significant fragment of American society still remains locked in the grip of primitive passions and prejudices despite all of our historical efforts to establish and sustain rule of reason in America".

King was pressing his economic aims on the day he was killed. He also sent a tweet about King's legacy.

The exhibit will include quotes cued by interview questions asked by students such as "What would Dr. King think of the progress and setbacks over the past 50 years?" and "Was Martin Luther King Jr.'s death in vain?"

The Martin Luther King Jr.

King's youngest daughter Bernice sent a heartfelt message to her late father - showing a personal side to the historical figure.

Ferencz, who recently turned 99, prosecuted Nazi war crimes.

"By the end of the 20th century, you have a real black middle class in America, which Dr. King would certainly have taken some credit for and been encouraged by", Toure Reed, a history professor at Illinois State University, said on GLT's Sound Ideas. He was 39 years old. She's retired from the department of Veterans Affairs. "We hold corporations accountable and demand they do more than just steal Dr. King's voice for ads, but implement his demands for treating workers fairly and equally".

"The students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas made this clear when they stood and elevated the voices that they feel have been left behind these past few weeks, and we can not allow them to be forgotten", Watts said.

"Americans must rise above the narrow confines of their individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity", King said in 1961 during an appearance in Portland.

Activist Bob Moore said he was having a planning session at the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee office he had started in Maryland when he received word of the assassination.

She spoke during a ceremony to award the Martin Luther King Jr.

One year later he became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize victor at 35 for his non-violent resistance.

In a tweet, Valerie Jarrett who served as senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, wrote about King's final speech and what it means to those who follow in his footsteps.

His seminal "I Have A Dream" speech was a dream far from being achieved when he delivered it August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before what was reported to be the largest crowd in Washington, D.C. It was still far from being achieved four and a half years later when he was slain on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

On this Wednesday, April 4, 2018 as the nation and world remembers and pays honor to Dr. Martin Luther King, many in the North State are also paying tribute. Congress passed the law within two weeks of King's death.