On this day in history, Thursday, April 4, 1968, human and civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jnr, was killed by a sniper.
The incident happened on the balcony outside his room at the Lorraine motel in Memphis, Tennessee, as he leaned over the rail.
The civil rights leader was confirmed dead after emergency surgery failed to bring him back to life.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and police command in Memphis later found a rifle and telescope in a house across the street from the motel he was staying.
The evidence made the FBI and police come to the conclusion that only one person was involved in the assassination.
It should be recalled that King was in Memphis to lead a march in solidarity with the city’s sanitation workers who were on strike.
The news of the assassination caused riots in cities like Washington and Chicago as thousands of federal troops were deployed to contain the situation all around the country.
He was buried in Atlanta on Tuesday, April 9, 1968.
James Earl Ray was later charged and convicted for the murder of the Martin Luther King.
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Between 1957 and 1968, King traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever there was injustice, protest, and action. He wrote five books as well as numerous articles.
King was arrested upwards of twenty times and assaulted at least four times; he was awarded five honorary degrees; was named Man of the Year by Time magazine in 1963; and became not only the symbolic leader of American blacks but also a world figure.
At the age of thirty-five, he was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize.
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