Chicago Tribune - WPIX Reporter Marvin Scott Covers Martin Luther King's Funeral - Photos At 6:01 p.m. on April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was hit by a sniper's bullet. King had been standing on the balcony in front of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, when, without warning, he was shot. The .30-caliber rifle bullet entered King's right cheek, traveled through his neck, and finally stopped at his shoulder blade. King was immediately taken to a…
. Stunned, silent members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Dr. King's room at the Lorraine Motel, April 4, 1968, including Andrew Young (far left, under table lamp) and civil rights leader and Dr. King's colleague, Reverend Ralph Abernathy, in the middle on the far bed.
Alberta Williams King, mother of Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated June 30, 1974 at the hands of Marcus Wayne Chenault, 23 years old. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., struck by the violent deaths of his two sons and by the tragic death of his wife Alberta, said at her funeral service on July 3, “I cannot hate any man.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. knew he was going to die for his stand for equality for all people, but it did not stop him. And today, we must remember him so that his death is still making this world a better place to live in for all people. And remember he accomplished so much through non-violence. The dream is alive!
On this day, March 10, 1969, James Earl Ray was convicted of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. after entering a guilty plea. His sentence was for 99 years in prison and died in jail in 1998, aged 70.
Mrs. Martin Luther King Sr. & Deacon Edward Boykin were shot & killed during church services at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta (June 30, 1974). The assailant, Marcus Chennault of Dayton, Ohio (a Black Man), was later convicted & sentenced to death. According to the New York Times, Chenault “told the police his mission was to kill Rev. MLK Sr. (but he shot Mrs. King by mistake). This added "Fuel" to the theory that James Earl Ray DID NOT Act alone.