Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was an American clergyman, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. King has become a national icon in the history of American progressivism.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr accomplished more in 39 years of life than any man could wish to accomplish in 100 lifetimes. He was born January 15, 1929 into a life of Southern segration but would eventually be thrust into a unique position where he would become a national icon in the history of American progressivism.
Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed by James Earl Ray at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. His death shocked the country rocked by riots, civil discord, and a controversial war. ABC news did a 45 anniversary photo release of photos documenting the death of slain leader Martin Luther King Jr. #MLK #JamesEarlRay #LorraineMotel